Never Hire a Prick, Even a Smart One.
— Jim Kilts *
KILTS CALLS PRICKS SMUG SELF-PROMOTERS WHO ARE DESTRUCTIVE TO ORGANIZATIONS.
On CNN, Kilts said that while pricks can get short-term results, they break down people and organizations over the long haul. His advice: keep them out or get them out.
How many pricks do you have in your organization right now?
* Jim Kilts turned around Gilette, Nabisco and Kraft Foods and successfully led many other companies including Oscar Mayer and General Foods. One of the principles he credits for his success is not hiring pricks.
Kilts’ book, Doing Things Right, is an excellent how-to volume on leading an organization.
Kilts is currently a partner at Centerview Partners, an investment banking and private equity firm based in New York City and was elected to the Board of Directors at The New York Times Company in 2005. Kilts earned an MBA in Marketing from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.