I once sat in a meeting where a leader was making a case to hire another 50 people on their team in the coming year. It’s the only way we’ll hit our targets, achieve our goals they exclaimed. I remember sitting there thinking – “wow, wonder what they’re all going to do.” A year later the goals weren’t hit, but everyone was hired. Turns out it was never really about the people.
When you’re first getting started the most precious thing you have is “focus” and hiring is the anti-focus.