No one can build a profitable brand without getting to the point of having to recruit extra hands that will help you move your startup from ordinary to extraordinary. Late last year, during a conversation with one of my mentors, what was supposed to be a 30-minute session turned out to be 2 hours because we were discussing the all-important topic of things to look out for during the hiring process. For your startup to move from good to better or from ordinary to extraordinary, you will get to a point whereby you’ll need extra hands to make your dreams come true.
Identifying the need for an extra hand is the easy part but knowing when and who to hire isn’t. As a growing startup, I’ve had to make tough choices in hiring people as well and that’s why today I’ll like to share some hiring tips that have helped me up till now even as I continually evolve.
- HIRE ONLY SELF-MOTIVATED INDIVIDUALS
When you think about hiring, you must watch out for self-motivated individuals. The greatest mistake you can make is hiring someone you’d have to pump up every day. A self-motivated individual is one who is ready to take full responsibility and thrust himself or herself into the task of moving the organization forward. As a growing company, the least headache you need is having to motivate your employees on a daily basis. Motivated individuals are those who need minimal instructions, take things as theirs and are committed to seeing you succeed. They understand the simple fact that honor comes as a result of giving selflessly rather than receiving. Organizations that have gone from one person to national or multinational corporations were built by getting self-motivated individuals on board.
2. THE PERSON MUST OWN THE VISION
As a CEO or someone at the helm of affairs, one of your responsibilities is to ensure that anyone you bring to your startup must be ready to own the vision. What do I mean by this? They must see your organization as their own and be willing to give it their best to see it succeed. But how do you make someone own the vision?
You do so by casting the vision and empowering the individual to take ownership for execution. This will make things easier
3. YOU MUST BE WILLING TO WORK FOR THE PERSON
Isn’t this supposed to be the other way around?
Let me explain this part to you. I watched a video that Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook was featured in and one of the things he mentioned in the video when asked to share tips about how Facebook hires the best of the best even in the earlier days, Mark said, he doesn’t hire people that can work for him, he only hires people he can work for if the tables were to be turned around. This is profound wisdom to me because it simply means, when I hire someone, they must have the characteristics of someone I can work for. Whatever characteristics you’d want in someone you can work for should be the characteristics of someone who can work with you. This helps to get the job done because that person would have the same mindset as yours
4. FIRE AS FAST AS POSSIBLE
Sometimes, you might think you’ve hired the right person based on the exceptional performance they put up during the job interview but by the time they start working with you, you’d realize it was just makeup. When you use makeup to cover your imperfections during the day, the truth will come home to roost at night after you’ve washed it all off. What then do you do? Keep “making things up”? No! if you truly want to build a profitable brand, once you find out that you’ve hired the wrong person for the job, you want to fire as fast as possible so you do not try to keep on filling a basket with water.
5. HAVE A BACKUP PLAN
As an entrepreneur, you must have a backup plan and always be prepared. This is another highly relevant tip I got about hiring at a training session for entrepreneurs I attended for 3 years. It’s been three whole years but it still rings loud in my ears. Our host at that time had been in business for 17 years and she had experienced all kinds of people over the years. She shared how employees stole an entire database of customers and ran away with it and also how she had to pick herself back up from the ground to rebuild. It was indeed a bitter experience for her and she’s had several bad encounters as well so at the end of the training she had this to say.
“Always know your next hire”.
What did she mean by this?
If you have an all-important position currently held by someone and you cannot afford not to have that position filled at ALL times then you must actively groom someone else to take over or always have someone else at the back of your mind that can fit into that role perfectly should in case the person currently holding the position decides to leave without notice. This will help you prevent an unnecessary halt in operations or anything that could adversely affect your business.
Overall, as a Christian, I believe you must pray. No matter how hard you try, only God can give you the wisdom you need in picking the right people that will help you move your startup from ordinary to extraordinary.
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