Last week, the Boise Chamber of Commerce hired a professional from Washington DC to be the new CEO for the Chamber. I certainly wish this person the best, but believe his unfamiliarity with the people and business of the Treasure Valley will put him at a disadvantage for a period of time versus hiring a local executive who understand and knows the valley and its leaders, and more imporantly, has a passion for making Boise a better place to live and work.
This dilemma comes up in companies, non-profits and government. Do we promote from within or bring in outside perspective? Is it better to know the customers and employees or not have that baggage and start with a clean slate? I’m very interested in your thoughts and lessons learned regarding this dilemma, so thanks for your input.