Lessons on Leadership - Part II - Hiring: Humble, Hungry & Smart

The Successful Mind Podcast – Episode 530 – Lessons on Leadership – Part II – Hiring: Humble, Hungry & Smart

Today my CEO, Steph Tuss, and I are talking about how to hire the best person for your business or team. Most people don’t understand how to hire or fire someone. People tend to hire people they like, or people who are like them—but this is a mistake.

If you want to win in business, you must hire the best person for the job. Instead of treating your business as a family, it’s better to treat it as a professional sports team. As “general manager coach,” your job is to make sure each position is manned by the absolute best.

In this episode, we discuss:


    • What Steph has learned on her journey of hiring, firing, and team building
    • How most people make decisions based on avoiding conflict and avoiding being uncomfortable
    • How our company made an enormous paradigm shift in hiring by thinking of ourselves as an elite sports team, rather than a family—because nobody wants to fire their family, hold a family member accountable, or have a hard conversation with them if they’re not meeting their KPIs 
    • Specific things to look for when you’re hiring someone—and why you should find someone who’s “humble, hungry, and smart”
    • What being humble, hungry and smart actually looks like—and which questions to ask during the interview process to determine if someone has these traits
    • Why “sunshining” your mistakes creates psychological safety within an organization 
    • Why you should pay attention to how a potential hire is showing up, because who a person is “being” is everything


Having the best player in each position ensures that you can create the right culture in your team. In our company, we say all the time, “What’s in the best interest of the company?” It’s easy to default into saying, “What’s in the best interest of me?” or “What’s most comfortable for me?” But decisions need to be made based on what’s best for the whole company.


Links & Resources

The Successful Mind Podcast on YouTube – Episode 530 – Lessons on Leadership – Part II – Hiring: Humble, Hungry & Smart

The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings

Adam Grant –  Instagram

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Learn to make your hiring decisions based on what is in the best interest of your business with these previously released episodes from The Successful Mind Podcast

Episode 193 – Leadership Defined

Episode 224 – What’s The Truth? Overcoming Procrastination to Meet Your Goals

Episode 284 – What’s The Truth? Business Blindspots Keeping You Stuck

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