Don’t Hire Entrepreneurs; Hire Entrepreneurial Spirit

February 1st, 2013 / No Comments »

By Chris Smith

We want people with entrepreneurial spirit on our team, and actively seek it out. These are the people that challenge the norm, have original opinions that move a discussion forward, and act with tenacity and determination.

But too often employers hire entrepreneurs, not entrepreneurial spirit. Big mistake.

I’ve worked with a wide range of clients as a consultant and have seen too many companies hire employees they thought were top talent, only to watch them spend company time on personal passions and then walk out the door when their side projects were ready to launch. The ticking sound the employer thought was entrepreneurial spirit was actually just an entrepreneur doing lower quality work on the company’s clock while directing his best efforts toward his own interests…….