Wannabe Wednesday is here and today we are talking about hiring and building a winning culture. Even if you don’t own a business and are on the hunt for a new job this is a great episode to listen to for insight about things owners and managers are looking for in new hires and things you should be looking for in a new company! Check out the website for more content www.bcbousa.com
Hiring the right people is one of, if not the most important parts of starting and operating a successful business. As is usually the case, it starts with integrity. Renowned investor Warren Buffet said integrity is the number one things he looks for in a potential hire. Without integrity, all the skills, hard work, energy, and initiative don’t matter. You don’t want to build your team with people you can’t trust. Another character trait to consider when hiring a new employee is humility. A little bit of ego is needed, and people should be proud of their achievements and capabilities. However, someone who takes all the credit when things go right without sharing any of the praise with other members on their team can lead to a toxic work environment.
As you work to build a positive and winning culture in your business, remember that it starts with you. The way you carry yourself, the way you handle problems, the way you speak to people sets the tone for the rest of the company. It cannot be a “do as I say and not as I do” situation. Instead of focusing on the problems or placing blame, focus on the solutions. Provide positive feedback in public if you like, but always provide negative feedback in private. Be accessible and maintain open lines of communication.
Lastly, know your employees. Learn their personality traits. How do they best receive constructive criticism? How they best learn? What are areas they excel at and areas they struggle? Define their work roles and assign tasks that meet their strengths. Trying to fit a square peg into a round hole is only going to lead to unhappy employee, poor work environment, and reduced productivity. As an owner or manager it is important that you put people in a position to be successful.
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