This week, I was in Saskatchewan meeting with a new client and his team. We’re developing a two-year plan that will upset an archaic industry’s apple cart.
Our client’s going to grow… and he’s going to have challenges (like so many good companies do) with finding the right people to fill the right seats.
How can he—or anyone for that matter—ensure they continue to grow gracefully (a phrase another client taught me)?
Hire for Values
Want to increase your company’s value? Hire for values.
If a tentative hire makes it through an interview and her resume checks out, take her to dinner.
After those first couple of interviews, you’re going to have a pretty good idea of a potential hire’s technical knowledge.
But you need to share a meal with the potential hire to get a better sense of her or his values.
Review your own values and center the dinner conversations around questions that might demonstrate examples of your company values.
You want to make sure she’s a good fit. You won’t just be doing everyone in your company a favor. You’ll be doing her a favor as well.
Is it any wonder our most successful clients’ market shares are starting to blow past what every expert suggests they should be able to do?
Your values determine the strength of your brand.
Hiring team members who share those values determine your capacity for growth.
If you fail to take this advice, I’m afraid you’re in for a rough ride.
Oh, and P.S. – Let’s spend a day together in Austin working on your business with a bunch of my friends. A couple times a year, my colleagues and I get together for intense professional development. When we do, we work on actual businesses. Why not join us in Austin in February?