DAVID P. JONES, PhD, is the president of Growth Ventures Inc., a human capital advisory firm. He has worked as an organizational psychologist for over thirty years, and launched HRStrategies, an international human resources consulting and outsourcing firm recognized as one of the fastest-growing consulting companies in the U.S. prior to its acquisition by Aon Corporation.

The premise is simple: nothing can build a company, turn it around, or sink it as quickly as its recruiting and hiring decisions. No decisions an executive and his or her team make can pay off—or cost—as much as their hiring decisions.

—From the preface