Full Stack Radio

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142: Jason Cohen - Learning to Hire and Manage a Team

In this episode, Adam talks to Jason Cohen of WP Engine about hiring people to join the Tailwind team, figuring out what to focus on, and learning how to manage.

Topics include:

  • How do you decide what role to hire for?
  • Why it's so important to figure out exactly what your biggest struggle is before hiring
  • How to decide what the most important thing to focus on is when it feels like there's too much to do
  • Why it's important to consider the impact of hiring for a specific role on your own happiness vs. just the company's bottom line
  • Coming to terms with the fact that you can't do everything, and why it's important to focus on something instead of spreading yourself thin across everything
  • Mistakes people make when they start managing a team for the first time


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