So Lucas gets to run the entire process from sourcing and selecting to offering, closing and onboarding. During this process he lost his first two choices to competitive offers. In his exceptionally positive South American manner he took the potential disappointment and turned it around immediately, asking for input. This is the trait of a great learner like Lucas. My partner John was sanguine and said “everything happens for a reason”. We all spoke softly of the need to be proactive in sourcing the best people (a truth we all know – that the best people are not actively looking). We also took time to discuss what it takes to find someone who is truly an A+ hire. See 3 steps to hiring A+ people here.
Lucas not only soaked this up but also contributed his own great ideas redoubling his efforts and refined the specification going proactively into the new search. The result is that just a few short weeks later Lucas came back with some amazing candidates. People we would not have seen, that he found and attracted with his youthful approach. And he has since made a terrific match for our needs, hiring a person with great attitude and aptitude as well as a true passion for what we’re doing to blow up the VC black box. And that’s not all. He found a bonus – more on that at the end of the year when we’ll reveal his great work. For now, this is a great lesson he learned for himself.
But Lucas is also a great example of someone we’ve learned a lot from in his Youth. We’ll be very sorry to see him leave next year but he’ll leave a great legacy. And now he’s gained one of life’s most important Experiences before he’s even left College. And not just about hiring, but about never giving up, and living up to your standards and seeing things through to Success. _Y_E_S !