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J.P. Flaum, Managing Partner, Green Peak Partners, and Dr. Becky Winkler, Partner, Green Peak Partners

When it comes to hiring and developing talent, many companies prioritize qualities that are easy to measure and that allow employees’ progress to be tracked in a steady and linear way. Pedigree, professionalism and a polished career path have often indicated an illustrious future – whether at a big company or a new start-up.

This is the time of year when many small businesses get inquiries from students about spring or summer internships. So do you hire or not? Should you pay interns? How do you find the one that might…just might… turn out to be your next employee? Over the years we have offered internships at various times. Some of them worked well. In two cases, the interns became full-time employees right out of college. One experience ended up quite badly. The student was arrested for sexual assault a year or so after he completed his semester with us.

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Ron West, author of “Corporate Caterpillars: How to Grow Wings”

By the time most business leaders utter those immortal words “you’re fired” they are usually massively relieved. It is often said that no leader ever wishes they had waited before firing an employee. Most wish they had done it much sooner. But does it really have to be that way? Is there no alternative? Actually, there are five things that you can do to avoid firing an employee.



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