No business can grow itself. A business requires dedicated people to develop processes, execute ideas and drive strategic direction. The right team of people can propel a business forward, whereas the wrong team can stop it in its tracks. As a business owner, it’s your job to work on your business, not in it, and a big part of that involves building a strong and competent team. So, what exactly does it take to get your business running like a well-oiled machine? Hiring an A Team is essential – here’s how to get started:
1. Take stock of what – and who – your business really needs
If your job design and hiring processes are weak, then the outcomes of them will also fail to deliver. The cost of a bad hire is monumental for any business. You should invest solid energy in taking stock of your business and the types of roles required for it to achieve it’s priorities today, as well as support it’s future direction. You might notice that some roles aren’t currently required, but will be needed in 6 or 12 months. It’s really important to be thinking about these positions now so that you can be on the front-foot if and when you happen upon a suitable candidate, which can sometimes be the best way of finding the right people to join your organisation.
2. Create meaningful role descriptions that speak to your perfect candidate
Next, write the associated job descriptions. Do not fall into the common small business trap of thinking role descriptions are only for larger organisations. A role description is critical to keeping your employee and you on the same page. Think deeply about the values that you and your business holds. Focus less on how you believe this role should be done, and instead talk about why the role is important. Avoid listing required actions or tasks, and instead focus on key outcomes. Call out the key attributes that the most well-appointed candidate for this role will have. When your ideal candidate reads your job ad, they should feel it’s been written for, and about, them.
3. If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room
If you want real success in hiring an A-team, then be prepared to let go of your ego and admit it – you aren’t an expert in every aspect of running a business, even if it is your own. Whether it’s marketing, HR, communications or IT, you have an Achilles heel – maybe 2 or 3 – and that’s totally OK. If you want to see your business soar by hiring an A-Team, then you need to employ people smarter and more skilled than you across all areas of your business. Don’t be intimidated by their knowledge, instead, give them permission to do their very best. Sometimes this means simply getting out of their way! When you hire people who share your values and who are smart enough to tell you what needs to be done, that’s when your business will reap the rewards.
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