Author’s Note: The following is an excerpt from my book, How to Hire the Best: The Rural Business Owner’s Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top-Performing Employees
What is the most important quality to look for in a new hire?
Hint: It’s not skillset!
You can hire a candidate who has a great skillset and interviews well, only to discover their performance continually upsets, frustrates or disappoints you. Why is this? It all comes down to a lack of compatibility with your Immutable Laws.
Many business owners I talk to are very frustrated with employee drama. A question I hear over and over is, “Why can’t employees just get along with one another and do their jobs?” Often, business owners are blind to their own role in perpetuating the drama among employees. That was the case with Dr. Jones. Continue reading
How many hours per week do you spend working ON your business?
When I survey business owners at the beginning of their work with me, the majority tell me they are working 4 or fewer hours per week ON their business. Most of their time working is spent working IN the business. This is not surprising since most of my clients hire me because they want FREEDOM from the day-to-day involvement in the business. At the start of our work together, most can be away from their business for only brief periods of time before the business grinds to a halt. Continue reading
You’ve invested a lot in attracting your A-Player employees. You’re building a team of rock stars. Every time you hire, you’re hiring up, replacing C and D-Players with A-Players with the intention of getting 9-12 times the productivity from those A- Players. But, are you really getting the best from you’re A-Player employees?