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How to Hire Your Next A-Player with Dr. Sabrina Starling

Today’s show focus is very near and dear to my heart: hiring A-players. I’ll explain what small business owners are getting wrong and why traditional hiring practices will only bring difficulties and heartache. The mis-hiring process is painful because of the time and effort involved in screening applicants and interviewing, and statistics show that 75% of business owners are mis-hiring. Join me in today’s episode for a look at what not to do and what will give solid results in attracting A-players to your team. I’ll wrap up with simple tips to help you uplevel your team this year for profitable growth.

Because we love to celebrate wins here at Tap the Potential, we have a big win to celebrate with you today. This is the 5th anniversary of the Profit by Design podcast! That means that we have come to you weekly for five years, sharing tips, tools, and strategies to help you design your business to be sustainably profitable. Along with that, we are ranked in the top 5% globally in a field of over three million podcasts, and that is only possible because of our devoted listeners. We appreciate each listener and each piece of feedback we receive!

The truth is that a single A-player can outperform 9-12 average team members and greatly impact your leadership experience in positive ways. Don’t you want to leave traditional hiring practices behind and learn how to attract and hire valuable and productive A-players for your team? The first step is to attend our free workshop, Unlocking Profit Potential: The Power of A-Players and How to Attract Them for 10x Growth. It’s on February 22. Click the link to sign up today!

Profit by Design is a Tap the Potential Production.

Show Highlights:

  • What we are getting wrong with traditional hiring practices
  • How we inadvertently set up our A-players to fail by not aligning their role with their strengths
  • Why a training and onboarding plan are essential for a newly hired team member
  • How your immutable laws should be developed out of your core values—and be a determining factor in your hiring process
  • Why you shouldn’t expect A-players to stay with you for life
  • Why you need to understand what motivates your A-players, what their career goals are, what opportunities they crave, and what intangible perks they value most
  • Why you do NOT have to offer top salaries and wages to attract A-players
  • How our How to Hire the Best course can help you spend less time dealing with performance issues; start with our free workshop on February 22
  • Simple tips to uplevel your team for profitable growth this year:
    • Learn how to hire A-players.
    • Hiring soon? Start NOW.
    • Identify your “warm bodies” and make a plan to replace them with A-players in the next 6-12 months.

Links and Resources:

Coming soon: Unlocking Profit Potential: The Power of A-Players and How to Attract Them for 10x Growth. This free workshop is on Thursday, February 22, and you do not want to miss it! Sign up today!

Get your copy of A Guide To Talking To Your Team About Profit!

Sign up today for the Dream Manager Program! Retain, grow, and deeply engage your A-players with one of the most unique and holistic benefits you can provide your team members. The program begins February 21st!

Master your time and profit as you plan ahead for 2024! Give us 20 minutes of your time, take the Better Business Better

Life Assessment, and receive a free paperback copy of my book, The 4 Week Vacation®️.

Learn more about our courses, Coach Approach and Leadership Bootcamp at

Our Better Business Better Life Jumpstart can help your profitability in every way. This free, five-day workshop will help you realize your vision of sustainable profitability in 2024. It already began on January 8, but you can still get in on the action and access the program! Sign up today!

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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.