Getting the Right People on the Bus
These are typical dilemmas faced by all business owners who are expanding their business and have to start to hire people in jobs and tasks that they are used to doing themselves. Jim Collins, in his book “Good to Great” said that in building a great organization, the leaders of these enduring companies followed the principle of First WHO, Then WHAT. These leaders began the transformation of their team by first getting “the right people on the bus (and the wrong people off the bus) and then figured out where to drive it”. They key point in Jim Collins’ thesis is not just the idea of getting the right people on the team but that the WHO question come before the WHAT question.
So in building your ‘dream team’ for your business, first ask the question, WHO are the people that I want to help me build my dreams. Who, do they need to BE? Place Attitude (discipline, willing to learn and willing to go the extra mile), above Skills.
Here are five points to look out for when looking for the ‘right’ people:
A few more tips on people decisions from Jim Collins:
1. When in doubt - don’t hire, keep looking.
2. When you know you need to make a people change, act.
3. Put your best people on your biggest opportunities, not your biggest problems.
Good luck and may you get the TEAM you deserve.
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