If you hire good people you’ll typically get a good team.
A good team can ride out tough times, change and adapt with your business, and improve your department each and every week. A good team will likely, but not always, succeed even in a broken system or set of processes.
“Good people” is subjective but you’ll need to get clear about the type of person you want and need to hire. Here’s a quick tip to get clear on what “good” is to you : observe your highest performing people in your team, and study their behaviours.
- What do they do?
- What do they say?
- How do they interact?
- What results do they get?
- What skills do they have?
You now have some basics on which to search for “good”. It will likely be different from what I, and others, think “good” is. All environments require something different.
Of course you may inherit a team. That team may have people you wouldn’t hire – this is where coaching, mentoring and feedback plays a large part. More on this in future posts.
If you don’t hire good people then you’ll likely struggle to create a team that can change, improve and adapt. And with that your chances of remaining competitive will dwindle. I meet many managers who’ve built teams like this. They complain and moan about their team and are often unable to deliver on changing demands – yet they hired most of them.
As a manager you should take responsibility of your hiring. You are responsible for hiring the best people you can, giving them meaningful work and cultivating them.
You also have to manage the people in your team – you should consider this when hiring. Be cautious hiring someone who may “bring down the team”. I meet managers who have hired very talented people who cause carnage and disrupt the wider team. They complain about them – but they hired them.
And don’t forget – you are always hiring
You are always recruiting at industry events, networking events, conferences, parties, meetings, chance encounters…(the list goes on).
You never know where your next hire will come from.
In order to get the best people you need to stack the conditions in your favour. You need to cultivate some luck in your hiring career. One of the best ways I’ve found to do this, is to attend industry gatherings and always be hiring. Network, mingle, connect and seek people you want to hire.
And remember that the quality of the people in your team is down to the people who are hired. If you’re a hiring manager then that’s within your direct control.