They say that hiring is one of the most important processes in any company regrdless of its size. Here’s what Richard Branson has to say about hiring and its place on his priority list.

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  • tackle – make determined efforts to deal with (a problem or difficult task)
  • imprimatur – an official licence issued by the Roman Catholic Church to print an ecclesiastical or religious book
  • arbiter – a person who settles a dispute or has ultimate authority in a matter
  • vivid – producing powerful feelings or strong, clear images in the mind
  • unilateral – performed by or affecting only one person, group, or country involved in a situation, without the agreement of another or the others
  • tangential – diverging from a previous course or line; erratic


Think about it

Answer the questions below.

  • Is the importance of hiring dependent on the size of the company?
  • According to Richard Branson, should hiring be entirely and excluusively in the hands of the “people department?”
  • What is the similarity between Richard Branson and  Larry Page?
  • What do young entrepreneurs needto learn if they want their venture to survive and grow? Why?
  • What, according to Branson, is prerequisite for success to follow?


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words. Use ONE word per blank space.

________ we grew, I still felt that I had the knowledge base needed to involve myself ________ almost all the major decision-making processes. As ________ as Virgin stepped outside the entertainment field, however, that was no longer ________ case. I quickly discovered this when I unilaterally decided that it was time for us to take the hugely tangential leap ________ commercial aviation. But that was fine. We knew that we had to get the right people ________ board, and the ________ is history. It’s important to realize that business is all about people, people, people. Make this your top priority. Surround yourself with people ________ have the skills, know-how and personality to get the job done, and success ________ bound to follow.


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