When you’re running a business you need a strong sense of priorities. In any given situation, you need to be able to see clearly what the most important things are in order for you to make the decisions that steer your company away from disaster and towards greater and greater success. One of your priorities needs to be getting the best staff for your talent. People aren’t simply their job descriptions – making a good hire brings new skills into your business, new perspectives and a potential change to your culture that could have an impact a long way beyond the people they happen to be managing.
Finding the right people to boost your business and supercharge your success is a challenge, and it’s one compounded by the fact that your business needs very different skillsets and perhaps more importantly attitudes at different stages in its development.
In your early days as a start up, small and lean, you need specialists. You’ll get the most value out of people who are driven to success and results, with developers spending sleepless nights slaving over your product, and sales teams who’ll do anything to win over new clients for you.
As your business matures into a larger, more traditionally corporate operation, it’s continuity you nee to value: you need to be able to produce consistent results not sporadic but dramatic growth. It means you either need to hire people to begin with who can grow and mature as you business does, with the flexibility to see what the changing times call for, or to be prepared for staff turnover as the culture changes at your business.
If you’re trying to instil some culture changes at your business to make it more viable for the long term, rather than volatile in the short term, it may help to bring in some external expertise to provide a framework of managers until people have internalised the values they need. This means existing managers aren’t pushed to espouse techniques they don’t agree with, and can more effectively.
If you’re looking for Interim Executives, London has plenty of firms who can provide them, and they specialise in parachuting into a business to give it the benefit of their experience. People think of Interim Execs as disaster artists, coming in to save businesses on the brink, but in truth they are ‘turn around’ experts, and while that’s obviously valuable in tough times, it’s also worth looking into whenever you need to make a change!