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Hire for Culture, Have a Vision, and Other Words of Wisdom From the Inc. 5000

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Yesterday, we shared the latest from The Starr Conspiracy library, “Focusing Your Spark — Tips for Growth From the Inc. 5000.” We asked enterprise software and services leaders in the Inc. 5000 to share the most important lesson they learned over the years of guiding their businesses through rapid growth.

Each participant answered the question:

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned as you’ve grown rapidly?

Below are a few teasers from their responses, but you’ll want to check out the full ebook on SlideShare as well! The advice in those pages could change the destiny of your business, if you let it.

  • Create a culture where the best ideas win. Burton M. Goldfield, President and CEO of TriNet

  • It’s all about the people. Arjun Dev Arora, CEO of ReTargeter

  • Have a vision and a purpose, and get out of the way. Tom O’Neill, COO of The Nerdery

  • Success requires constant experimentation and learning. Sarah Bird, COO of Moz

  • The most important lesson is to hire for great culture fit and train the needed skills to be successful. Russ Glass, CEO of Bizo

  • Successfully growing a business requires sheer determination. Erik Matlick, CEO of Madison Logic

  • Grow by helping, not interrupting. Mike Volpe, CMO of HubSpot

  • Being a customer-focused organization is the only thing that matters for your own success. Chip Luman, COO of HireVue

  • Understand your strengths and weaknesses. Rich Milgram, Founder and CEO of

  • Fast growth is an exercise in authenticity. Bret Starr, Founder and CEO of The Starr Conspiracy

Check out the full ebook here.

Do you have any tips to add?