HIRE FOR THE FUTURE, NOT WHAT YOU NEED RIGHT NOW
Writing this as it came up yesterday in a session with a client that was asking me who they should hire to take them from $2m/yr to $5m/yr. When they started with me they were turning over $50K/mo and are now doing $200K/mo and 680 5-star reviews. They are at their next growth point and time for new skilled and experienced team members to take them to the next level.
Tip for environmental startups/scaleups looking for team members and interested in growth:
1. Make sure you hire someone that will help take you to your 1, 2, 3 yr vision. Always keep your vision front of mind when writing your job ads and interviewing candidates. Use your vision to excite the right person and use it to check each candidate against. Hire slow, fire quick. Too many businesses hire quick and fire slow and as a result lose valuable time (and money!) by going in the wrong direction or not achieving growth targets. Take time in hiring and testing candidates and get good at letting them go in a trial period as soon as your gut tells you they are not a good fit.
2. Hire for the tasks, skills and experience you need in 1, 2 or 3 years. Don’t just have the mindset you are hiring to fill the immediate role with the business in its current position and turnover. Think of the future especially if its a leadership role. What will your business need in 1 year? 2 years? 3 years?
Some candidates will be looking to just be doing the same tasks in 1, 2 or 3 years and nothing wrong with that but are they what you need? Will the requirements of the role change as you grow? What additional tasks will be added to the role? Additional pressures? Additional KPI’s? Additional skills? Are they motivated to help a business grow? Or are they adverse to change?
It takes time and money to get any team member up to speed and you can’t get more time in life so the lost time in not growing or going in the wrong direction can’t be regained – so don’t waste this by hiring someone that is not going to cut it after 1-2 years of growth.
Hope this helps. Shoot me a message if you have any questions.
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