Overcoming a Business Owner's Scariest Moment - Finding Another "You"
For the most part, people start their respective business (s) because they have been and continue to be exceptional at what they do. Be it a Baker, Heavy duty mechanic, Welder or Dentist, most are initially energized to get a business up and running because they do it well or can “do it a lot better” than their previous employer has done it in the past.
In addition to the above, people dream of financial independence and subsequently having the opportunity to live their lives with significantly more time and overall freedom that they had before the inspiring vision of running their own “gig”. Anyone that decides to do this, deserves the utmost respect from anyone that doesn’t dare to enter the realm of entrepreneurship and general business building.
The first steps of building a business is daunting for most to say the least, but what really paralyzes the business owner with fear and trepidation, is when a decision needs to be made to hire their first employee (s). The mere thought of having to find someone that cares and has the passion just like they do, is quite frankly a deal breaker for most. In fact, many business owners are literally stopped in their tracks in being able to move forward in growing their business because of this pending decision.
This scenario for the most part is not due to not wanting to hire employees to grow their business, but due to the business owner having very little idea of how to make this a successful exercise and as such, ensuring they are hiring the right person to help take care of what they have worked night and day to build. The last thing the business owner needs is for some “screwball” to come in and mess up something that needs ongoing nurturing and passion to ensure continued and sustained success.
So… what to do? In my mind, there are two options one can take…
Don’t hire employees and remain self employed and accept your business not scaling to what you desire it to be.
Learn how to ensure you are able to identify and select the right person for your business the first time around.
If you decided on the second option above, then continue reading…it may be the best decision you’ll ever make for yourself and your business.
Short of diving into the details of the traditional recruitment and selection classical mess, I assure you that if you consider the answers to the following 3 questions, you will be well on your way in reducing this paralyzing fear and indecisiveness you are experiencing right now. Make this a reality and guarantee yourself, now and forever having the skills and ability to hire a superstar for your business for you to trust and rely on with no hesitation.
Your 3 critical questions are:
Question 1: If this job that I need to fill could talk, what specific behaviours would this job ask for ensuring superior performance?
Question 2: If this job that I need to fill could talk, how would the job say it motivates or rewards someone in the job e.g. if the job rewards or drives those who thrive on interacting with people, would someone that prefers a quiet and solitary job be the right fir for the job…maybe not?
Question 3: If this job that I need to fill could talk, what specific personal skills would this job ask for ensuring superior performance. Every job will say it requires technical competence, but regardless on how much technical competence the job requires, if this technical value cannot be delivered effectively through effective personal competence, the job means nothing and is useless to the business in general.
This may seem a little complex to you…if so, consider taking the 3 questions and ask yourself these questions relative to your own job as Business Owner/CEO or President of your business. Something like this…
Question 1: If my job as Business Owner/CEO or President could talk, what specific behaviours does my job ask for ensuring I perform at a superior level for my business?
Example behaviours you could think of when answering this question are:
Competitiveness – The job exists within a demanding environment where consistently winning is critical. The job demands tenacity, boldness, assertiveness and a “will to win” in dealing with highly competitive situations. (Copyright © 2006-2015. Target Training International, Ltd.)
Urgency – The job requires decisiveness, quick response, fast action. It will often be involved in critical situations demanding that on-the-spot decisions be made with good judgment. The job will repeatedly face important deadlines that must be met on time. (Copyright © 2006-2015. Target Training International, Ltd.)
Question 2: If my job as Business Owner/CEO or President could talk, what specific aspects of my job motivate or reward me in the job i.e. what juices me up.
Example motivators you could think of when answering this question are:
Receptive – People who are driven by new ideas, methods and opportunities. (Copyright © 2006-2015. Target Training International, Ltd.)
Resourceful – People who are driven by practical results, maximizing both efficiency and returns for their investments of time, talent, energy and resources. (Copyright © 2006-2015. Target Training International, Ltd.)
Question 3: If my job as Business Owner/CEO or President could talk, what specific personal skills is my job asking for ensuring I perform at a superior level for my business?
Examples of personal skills you could think of when answering this question are:
Customer Focus – Anticipating, meeting and/or exceeding customer needs, wants and expectations. (Copyright © 2006-2015. Target Training International, Ltd.)
Goal Orientation – Setting, pursuing and attaining goals, regardless of obstacles or circumstances. (Copyright © 2006-2015. Target Training International, Ltd.)
So ask yourself this question, if I as the business owner could significantly reduce this daunting risk (up to 93%) and subsequent challenge of finding another one of “me” to grow my business, would I be motivated to ask myself 3 critical questions before I move ahead with brining someone else onboard? If so, ask yourself these questions about your job as Business Owner/CEO or President first by writing all your answers down and then ask these same 3 questions about the job you want to hire for to bring another one of “you” into your business.
I promise you, you will not be disappointed with the insane amount of insight the answers to these questions will give you and as mentioned, significantly reduce your anxiety and risk in growing your business with new people.
To find out more and to destroy this fear, please give Workplaces a call and let us help you take your business to the next level.