Growing up, my father was an avid fisherman.

Occasionally, he'd get out all of his tackle boxes and takeinventory. Whether he was fishing for trout, grayling or salmon, hehad whatever we needed to catch fish once he'd completed a carefulassessment of his needs. He used to suggest some of those tackleboxes were my mom's, but he wasn't fooling anyone.

Recruitment & hiring

As leaders, when it comes to recruitment andhiring, we don't need tackle boxes with every variety of hook, baitand tackle, but we can't afford to be unclear about what we needwhen it comes to our people.

In Eric Herrenkohl's book, "How toHire A-Players," he defines an A-player as "an employee whocreates superior results compared to the vast majority in yourindustry." Herrenkohl suggests we should always be recruiting anddeveloping an A-player mindset.

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