In his book, Good To Great Jim Collins and his team studied 1,435 good companies. They examined their performance over 40 years and finally, they identified only 11 companies that managed to go from good to great. What are these companies’ secrets?
One of them is having the right people doing the right things. He explained this with a bus driver analogy. As the head of the company or in this case you the entrepreneur plays a role of a bus driver. You have to decide where you’re going, how you’re going to get there, and who’s going with you.
Most leaders will start the journey by announcing the destination or the vision of the company but not great leaders, they will not start with where but with who.
So in this article let’s talk about what are the three effective steps on how to choose the right team members to build your winning team.
One, know what you are good at and make sure you focus most of your time and effort on it and let the rest of your team members focus on other things that you are not good at. All of us have our strengths and weaknesses, so in nutshell, the first thing to create a winning team is to hire those who can only help you with your weaknesses, which brings us to the next step. How do we identify them?
There are a couple of ways to hire the right candidate for your team, and there is no only one right way to do it. In this video, in this article, I will use the three most dominant characters of a human being.
First, we have the visual category. These are a group of people who process information visually. The talk using visual vocabulary such as see, focus, look, view, show, illuminate, flash imagine, reveal, clear and many more. They like to mingle around, they like to socialize and like to express their feelings openly.
Next, we have the auditory category. These are a group of people who process information auditorily. The talk with auditory vocabulary such as sound, listen, tune in, tune out, resonate, harmonize, question, hearing, rings a bell, hear and many more. They talk melodically, they are good listeners and this quality makes people around them feel at ease.
The third category is the kinaesthetic group. This group sees the world kinaesthetically. The speak with feeling related vocabulary such as, think, learn, sense, distinct, know, perceive, understand, process, consider, decide, motivate and many more. They are soft-spoken, low tone of voice as opposed to the visual person.
So one way to identify the right team members for your company is by choosing the right group of people who will complement your weaknesses and fits the job descriptions. For example, hire someone visual with a bit of auditory character to do your marketing and selling. Hire someone who is kinaesthetic with a bit of visual character to do you accounting. In a nutshell, you get the right people on the bus and get them in the right seats.
Finally, the third step to create your winning team is to grow together. That means all of you must upgrade your knowledge and skills continuously. The only way you see your business grow is to see that you and your people grow in terms of your knowledge and skills.
So go to seminars, workshops, conferences, take up online courses and don’t stop learning.