Weeding Out The Egomaniacs

I had the pleasure of dining at Charlie Trotter’s (the best thing about Chicago) a few Saturdays ago following a management retreat I conducted for a client. My client, a brilliant entrepreneur, founded a successful business that operates at the intersection of the financial services and IT industries. Like a true entrepreneur, despite his meteoric rise he preferred to use that evening to plan for more growth, rather than indulge in Trotter’s exquisite dessert wines. As I imbibed, he sat on the edge of his chair and asked: “With 24,000 Lehman employees cut-loose, should we ‘cherry-pick’ among them? If so, I want you to help me. You must have some test to weed-out guys that look and sound phenomenal, but are egomaniacs who would destroy our culture, right?”

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.