If you have a big project ahead of you, you are going to need a team to help you complete it. The time and effort you spend up front in assembling that team will make all the difference. So here are five quick rules to remember when you are assembling your team
1. Look for talent you don't have- If you're great at face to face, but you're bad with social media, find someone who is great at it. Find people who have the skills that you do not. Your team will only be stronger for it.
2. Check commitment levels- Before you decide to bring someone on board, ask them to do a simple task for you. It could be to create a one-sheet plan for their vision of working with you. It could be a short mission statement, but make sure that they are willing to do something before they come on board. Anyone who refuses, doesn't want to be part of your project.
3. Ask for and check up on references- No matter how talented someone is, if there's no one who will vouch for them, you do not want them. You want to know ahead of time what it will be like to work with this person, what their work ethic is like, and what they've accomplished elsewhere.
4. Develop a tool to measure- This could be a checklist from your interview process, a rubric you've created, or independent evaluations from other team members, but set some criteria that provides you with hard data. This will make it much easier when you are weighing the benefits of one person against another.
5. Ask tough questions- You want to know what this person will do in the face of a crisis. You want to know what this person feels their weaknesses are. You want to know what this person is worried about. Don't shy away from the questions that scare you. Dive in. You want to know how this team will operate if a tough situation arises.
The work you do up front in your recruitment process can make all the difference. Do the hard work and vet your team and you're much more likely to find people who will be with you for the long haul.
Spend less time recruiting and you'll inevitably spend more time fixing problems later.
Remember the rule of the carpenter?
Measure twice, cut once?
The rule of the entrepreneur is:
Vet more, fire less.