What an Old Gumball Machine Can Teach You About How to Hire “A-Players.


Guest Blogger Chelsie Lee is the Co-founder and CEO of SHIPSI,

They always say that your first few hires can make or break your business. 


In my opinion, any hire you make in a key area can make or break your business.


That’s why it’s SO CRITICAL to have a process for vetting people before and after the hire, to make sure you have the right people on the bus. 


But obviously, it’s really, really hard to do that consistently. 


I was thinking about this the other day, as I walked past an old gumball machine.


Because here’s the thing: SHIPSI has made some exceptional hires over the years.


But our hiring has been far from perfect.


Every time we hire someone, it feels like a really, really expensive version of putting a quarter into an old gumball machine.


I have NO IDEA what flavor I’m going to get.

Maybe I’ll get an amazing gumball that ends up being everything I wanted and more. Maybe I’ll get a colorless one that doesn’t really taste like anything and just takes up space. Or maybe I’ll get a gross, crusty one that leaves a bad taste in my mouth for a long time.


It’s incredibly hard to tell which flavor someone’s going to be, before they join your team.