Human nature can lead us down the path of emotional comfort. For example, Gallup says one of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when they build their team is picking people who are too much like them. As a result, they surround themselves with a homogenous group.

While homogeneity may reduce conflict, Gallup points to research that indicates successful business builders cross social boundaries to build diverse networks. Diversity provides access to the resources and new information companies need to grow.

If you’re starting a new entrepreneurial venture, now is the time to infuse your organization with a talent-based perspective, which can lead to a clearer understanding of roles and allow you to address blind spots within your team. If your business is already established, it’s not too late to rethink the ways in which your human resources interconnect and create a strategy that informs future hiring decisions.


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