This is a very interesting article from HBR. I would have to agree, so many people focus on past performance, which of course should be very much a consideration, but some roles that just might not be the right consideration. We all know how great sales people are often poor sales managers.  We know many great football manager were not great players, look at Jurgen Klopp as just one example.  Spend time looking at what skills and personality are required for the leadership roles you're hiring for. Maybe it's the curved ball, the outsider, that's what you need, and the predictable hire is not the right hire!  These are the questions and processes we at Hyperion work through with our C-Level and leadership roles.