Employees · Hiring

How do you hire the first employee that will take on and work that you do?

Posy Gering Organizational Development, Leadership Coach, Communications, Author of The Next You

August 17th, 2015

I'm not asking about the mechanics of job description or posting or recruiting, rather looking at the leadership/owner issues. When you've been a solo-preneur, how did you make the leap and find people who will do the work to your standards so you can trust them with your clients? I know there's a big chunk of inner work to be done to trust others. How do you get past making a decision because you "like" someone, when fit with your style is so important, or at least, seems that way? 

Scott McGregor Advisor, co-founder, consultant and part time executive to Tech Start-ups. Based in Silicon Valley.

August 17th, 2015

You've actually identified the problem and where the solution lies (inside your brain). You can always find people to do work, as long as you have something to offer them that is greater than the effort required of them. That's not your problem. The problems you face will be "to your standards", and "trusting others". No one works "to your standards"; everyone works to their own standards. No one is a mind reader, so they can only work to their own standards - or what they believe are your standards." But standards between two people will always vary. Sometimes there will be a big overlap, and sometimes there will not a lot of disagreement. How much variation exists, differs based on the two individuals being studied. That's just the way humanity is. There are steps you can take to investigate whether your standards are likely to be (grossly) aligned -- by finding out what they did in similar situations in the past, because people are very habitual creatures, and whatever their own standards were that drove them in the past, will probably drive them the same way in the future. But you won't know about how aligned you will be in situations that you don't ask about, or that they haven't faced before. That's why people surprise us; we think they will do everything the same as us, because they have done a lot of things similar to the way we did it in the past-- but then they surprise us when we get into something we've never seen them do before. Again, this is true of all human relationships, not just work ones. It is why long married couples suddenly say things like "I don't really know you after all" when suddenly their spouse faces a situation they have never faced before (has a child, has a parent die, has a job opportunity far away) and acts different than expected.