Reach out to Your Extended Network 

Most decisions a business makes are small.  A single sale, choice or interaction doesn’t add that much value for a small business owner, or damage it much if it goes wrong.  Hiring an executive is different.  They can make or break an organization. Hire a star and you win because they will unleash a tsunami of innovation, empower employees and generate wealth for the owner.  Hire the wrong person on the other hand and you risk much more than short-term turmoil; a bad hire may, in fact, mortally would a small business.

For every small business owner, a lot rides on hiring the right executives and the risks are now higher than ever.   Here is one from Hiring Greatness: How to Recruit Your Dream Team and Crush the Competition which will you hire top executives:

Reach out to Your Extended Network 

You personally, and your company, already have a huge network with a vested interest in your success: attorneys, bankers, accountants, venture capital groups, all your suppliers, loyal customers and industry trade associations.  They can be a prime source for people to contact.  When approached correctly they are usually more than happy to respond.  Often times they also know who NOT to approach – based on fit – and other factors.  Go ahead, reach out to your extended network and put your network to work for you.