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Help! I’ve Lost My Best Team Member. What Am I Going to Do?

Does this sound familiar? You are stretched really thin, you have a lot on your plate, you are filling multiple roles—and your best team member leaves. It’s the worst feeling ever to lose the person you’ve counted on, the one who always had your back, and the key person helping you get things done. It can leave you feeling hopeless, helpless, and confused, feeling overwhelmed about going through the hiring process again.

If you’ve felt this scenario and know exactly what I mean, join me for this episode to learn strategies to deal with this situation. All hope is not lost!

Profit by Design is a Tap the Potential Production.

Show Highlights:

  • How situations that seem like the worst can actually make a business stronger
  • What to do at first when you lose a key team member: take some deep breaths, get outside for fresh air, and don’t neglect your self-care
  • Ask yourself, “What can I put off? What can I say ‘not yet’ to?”
  • How to look at the void left by that team member and consider breaking up their role into smaller pieces
  • How to decide whether or not you need a FT or PT person to fill their role
  • How to use this opportunity to step back and redefine the role (Our How to Hire the Best course can help!)
  • How to hire with clearly defined results in mind and onboard a team member with clear expectations
  • How to turn this setback into a springboard
  • How to build redundancy into multiple roles to prevent dependency on any one team member
  • Why you should reflect and ask, “Where was I vulnerable? Where was the business vulnerable? What systems and strategies can I put in place to reduce that vulnerability?”

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Mentioned in this episode: The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

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About The Author

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist and international best-selling author of the How to Hire the Best series and The 4 Week Vacation™, is the founder of Tap the Potential and host of the Profit by Design podcast. At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business.

We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life coaching program have more time for what matters most and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to take their life back!

Dr. Sabrina and her team at Tap the Potential are on a mission to change the story of entrepreneurship from one of long hours, grinding it out, to one of sustainably profitable businesses that support and enhance life. The Tap the Potential Solution™ and our Tap the Potential Family of Business Owners are disrupting small business as usual. We are on our way to making the Tap the Potential Solution™ the mainstream model for growing business.

By 2023, 150 Tap the Potential clients will have taken 4 Week Vacations. These are the trailblazers, role modeling what’s possible for entrepreneurs. In many entrepreneurial circles, it is becoming more and more common for one entrepreneur to ask another, “Have you taken a 4 Week Vacation™?” (as opposed to asking “How many employees do you have?” or “What is your annual revenue?”). Taking a fully unplugged 4 Week Vacation is rapidly becoming the recognized symbol of entrepreneurial success.

Never one to accept the status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses—no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing—and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

As The Business Psychologist, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of your biggest investment—team members.