While you should rely heavily on strategic planning to get ahead in the business world, if you don’t have the right team in place to implement your business strategy, you are going to go nowhere quite fast.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re starting a new business or have been in your industry for several years, hiring the right people can make a huge difference in your chances for success.
But how is this done?
Building the perfect team, like running a business, is just as much of an art as it is a science. And it’s something that a lot of people struggle with, even if they have been running a successful business for years.
This is because a lot of people don’t really understand what makes a good business team. Is it talent, creativity, or something else?
Hire Based on Your Needs
Every year, around the beginning of November, something quite amusing happens: the NFL trade deadline comes and goes.
It’s a time when most fans closely watch news outlets, looking to see who made what moves for which players. It’s also a time when you see diehard fans pulling their hair out because their favorite team’s general manager just traded away their best wide receiver for a couple of draft picks two years down the line.
But once the tears fade away, you can usually see why the trade was made.
Perhaps the receiver was struggling with an injury, or perhaps he was getting older, his contract was about to end or he was costing too much money.
Or maybe the team didn’t need him because they have several other receivers who are putting up great numbers.
The point is: the best hire is not always the best hire for you.
You have to identify what your team needs. You can’t just indiscriminately scoop up the most talented individuals in your industry. You have to focus on building a well-rounded team that can handle every situation.
Take a good hard look at your team. What type of person do you need based on your key performance indicators?
Remember, your main goal is to build a team, not a roster of talented individuals.
Hire Based on Culture
A good business culture makes a great business team.
While hiring based on qualifications is all well and good, you want to make sure to build a team that is passionate about your vision and the culture in which you want to build within your organization.
If you are looking to maintain a team-based environment where people bounce ideas off one another, you shouldn’t be looking to hire a person who prefers to work alone in the corner of the room.
The most important step in doing this is to clearly outline your business vision. If your employees don’t understand what you are trying to accomplish, they cannot help you get there.
Once everyone is one the same page as you, involve them in the hiring process. Let them sit in on interviews with potential employees and ask them for feedback on every candidate. You want to hire the most qualified candidate who also fits best with your team.
Remember, a team that is happy, works well together and is passionate about your vision is the most productive team.
Once you have your team built, you want to make sure that they stay with you for the long run. Although this is another topic for another day, here are a few quick tips to keeping your team happy and productive:
- Challenge them.
- Reward them for their accomplishments
- Listen to their wants and needs.
- Give them the tools that they need to succeed.
- Show them that you care.
- Don’t just hire someone that can do the job today, hire someone that can change as the job changes.
While these tips can help you get started, so much goes into building and maintaining a great team that it would take an entire book to tell you everything there is to know. Thankfully, the Business is ART book is available for you to purchase (you’re welcome), and in the meantime, you can satiate your appetite for success by checking out our Freebies section of the website.