Secret Diary of an Entrepreneur: Does chemistry matter?

Can two people work together successfully if they have nothing whatsoever in common?

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

I'd been feeling guilty about upsetting my HR Manager over the hiring of my new COO, so this week I arranged for them to meet, ahead of his official start date (which is TBA later this month). I wanted it to be as informal as possible, so instead of having a meeting in the office, we went for a drink in a bar round the corner, after work on Tuesday. It's fair to say that it wasn't a resounding success.

I guess to some extent it was my fault, in that I obviously didn't make it clear enough to her what the purpose of the occasion was. In my eyes it was a nice, relaxed, 'getting to know you' type of thing - a chance for them to bond over a glass of wine and reassure her that she was still very much part of the loop. But she obviously saw it as being only one step removed from a final round interview. I'd say this was slightly odd of her, given that he's already been offered and accepted the job. But then, she's a slightly odd girl.

Anyway, the three of us had only been sitting there for a few minutes, our wine virtually untouched, when out of nowhere she says to him: 'So what are your initial impressions of our HR strategy?'


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