Sitting across the table, I could tell Brett was thinking.
“Brett, let me ask you, how big is your story?”
“What?” he replied.
“How big is your story?” I repeated. “You are building a department inside this company. How big is your story?”
“Well, the company has been pretty successful, so far. We are holding our own against competitors. Lots of market opportunity.”
“So, how big is your story? You see, Brett, the bigger your story, the higher the level of work. The higher the level of work, the more you will depend on finding competent people. The most important decision you will make, as a manager, is who to hire. The people you hire will make you successful or will be the crucible of your downfall. The bigger your story, the more critical this decision.”
Brett continued to stare.
“As a manager in this organization, you are writing a story of the future. The people you cast into the roles of your story will determine its ending, intentional, or otherwise.”