The Best Advice I Ever Got

What happens when you ask 21 luminaries from all walks – finance, law, tech, the military, and beyond – for the one piece of advice that got them to where they are today?

Mindy Grossman

When I was at Nike, I was bemoaning the fact that somebody on my team wasn’t performing – and I was trying to get him to perform better. Finally, Phil Knight (Nike co-founder and chairman) said to me, “Mindy, what you really have to focus on is not trying to make ordinary people extraordinary. You need to hire extraordinary people.” In today’s world, talent is so critical to the success of what you’re doing – their core competencies and how well they fit into your office culture. The combination can be, well, extraordinary. But only if you bring in the right people.

As told to Ellen Florian, Leigh Gallagher, Miguel Helft, Jessi Hempel, Caitlin Keating Mino Kimes, Colleen Leahey, Tory Newmyer, Roger Parloff, Jennifer Reingold, Daniel Roberts @FortuneMagasine – last updated Octobr 25, 2012 07:21 am et