One of the common themes that I’m finding with 3 of the companies that I’m involved with is finding good team members. It seems now a days that everyone wants to have the C Suite executive lifestyle, but only have internship skills and work ethic. In a way I can understand it, because there are only a handful of those who will make it to be successful millionaires. And those few are the ones who show their dedication and hard work on every level of their career. That fact that only a few are willing to do the essential things to be truly successful, correlates to the amount of successful people that there are.
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Company 2. This start up company was designed to provide an opportunity to others who wanted to build and promote their personal brand. In the initial stages before launching, everyone was excited and eager to get started. Some stated that they wanted to submit blog posts, some wanted to work on the podcasts, and others wanted to work on the business side. 5 months into the company, none of them have done anything!! I’ve learned in the past that most people just like to speak just to hear themselves speak. You’ll find in your career that everyone will tell you want you want to hear and what makes them sound good. Be prepared to deal with this numerous times. It’s easy to get frustrated, but just try to judge people a little better. It’s always great to give someone a chance to prove themselves, but don’t count on that person as a dependable staff member until they prove they are.
This company has been operational for 2 years, so it’s still in the start up phase .The company has done great until this point, but there have been lots of changes to the staff since it was started. The company is at the point now where they want to expand their locations as well as products/services offered, but they are at a stop due to the staff. Most employees are trained in one area, and can not be trusted to handle different tasks without supervision. This also puts a strain on the 1 or 2 people who are multi skilled because they now have to be a part of everything and it’s stretching them thin. The logical options for this situation would be to either train the staff according, hire new staff, and/or alter the products and services offered until they can properly be handled.
The moral of it all is that it’s important to find the right people to partner with or to hire as employees. One bad hire can set you back 6-12 months of productivity. One bad partner can cost you your entire company. So understand the importance of you decision, take your time, and choose wisely.