Nothing is more important to a small business or startup than a good team. You have to invest the time and energy it takes to find them, train them and keep them. It is the biggest struggle I see entrepreneurs dealing with daily at Indiegrove. But when the right team is in place it is a beautiful thing to see. You can feel the vibe when a good team is around you. They are all focused on the purpose and willing to do what it takes. Building that type of team has nothing to do with formal credentials, i.e. degrees, and everything to do with character. I’ve managed hundreds of people in my career and every time it has come down to that gut feeling I got when I first shook the person’s hand in an interview, the way they responded to my emails when I invited them or whether or not they looked me in the eye when they said “thank you.” Trust those instincts. Those first impressions will tell you more about their future behavior and performance than anything else. If they meet the gut check, then look at the more objective qualifications, i.e., years of work experience, references, and make an informed decision. I can’t tell you how much I’ve regretted every time I didn’t hire with that process. It has always come back to haunt me later.
If you find and build your team the right way, they will be your favorite part of every day. They will inspire, motivate and drive your business to greatness. Your job will become to lead them, not manage them, and that is what entrepreneurs are meant to do.
To your success!