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Any successful CEO will tell you there are three keys to an A-level company: The right strategy in the right market, at the right time; An A-player team that fits with their culture; and financial discipline.

Hand-picking the right people is not easy. Having a playbook helps.

I have read several books to explore best practices for hiring and culture development.

I then wrote a blog article outlining the winning plays for hiring the best “DNA.”

Here is the short list of recommended reading:

Work Rules! — By Laszlo Bock

Who: The A-Method for Hiring — By — Geoff Smart

Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility — By Patty McCord

Topgrading — By Bradford Smart

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About the Author: John Belizaire

John Belizaire is a serial entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. He is also the founder and managing editor of CEOPLAYBOOK — an online publication dedicated to exploring what it means to be a startup CEO. Connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter. Subscribe to his popular newsletter — Mental Candy — read by over 500 CEOs.