Sweetness from Mark Suster at Both Sides of the Table (just replace company with team, and this could easily be all the hero hiring managers who don't have time to hire rather than startup tech wizards):
"Your number one priority isn’t any of these things. Your highest priority right now is hiring the 1 or 2 people that are going to join your company and make a difference. There’s you and your killer CTO co-founder. But who else is going to get out there and close your big biz dev deals with you? Who’s going to help you with improving your marketing / positioning to become a clear platform category leader like Twilio?
Are you going to do all of this? Evidence over the past year would suggest otherwise. You have too much on your plate.
A few key people really can make a huge difference.”
Him: “I know, I know. I will start recruiting soon. But I need to get our next release out the door. I just don’t have enough time to focus on it right now. It will be a bit easier when we have a little more progress to show.”
Me: “Bullshit. It never gets easier. There are always the next 20 tasks. The reason you’re not getting to the next level is that you’re not prioritizing the precise thing that could take you to the next level. I would say recruiting at least one superstar would be your priorities 1,2 & 3.”