The right team will be a massive boost to your business. You are not great at everything, so plug the gaps in your skillset with people who do those things better than you do. To achieve high levels of productivity you need people better at what you do than you are.
This is the ultimate result for your business so you can move on to bigger and better things. If you have a great goal keeper you don’t need to worry about that position any more. At the start, you might have to train people but later when you are bigger you can hire the best because they will want to work for you.
You don’t want a business full of people who hide in the lunch room because they don’t know what they are doing or who count the minutes to the weekend from 9 am on Monday. So, how do you find these people?
Always be on the lookout for great people. You need to take a head hunting approach all day, every day, rather than the more common approach, which is, bugger, I need somebody right now – I’ll put the job on the internet and hire the first person who seems like they might be able to kind of do the job.
Scouting 24/7/365 means every day you are preparing for the future. Every day you are on the trail of the right people for your business. Every day you are meeting people who at some point could be joining your team. You are future-proofing your business.
If you are looking 365 days a year and the right person comes along you will find the right job for them at the right time. Good people are always out there, and they are alert to opportunity. If you’re constantly looking they will show up.
As in music, sport, politics and in any other walk of life, the elite teams become the benchmark. Those organisations that get the best people tend to get a lot of people applying for each position, and the quality of applicants is higher.
It becomes a cycle: the more A-graders you have on your team, the more A-graders you will attract.
To be an employer of choice is critical and fundamental to your long-term growth.
Power to you!
Stefan Kazakis on 5 May 2018
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