April 1st marked the start of the new quarter. The 2nd quarter.
Are you on pace to meet your goals for the year? If not, what needs to change?
George Bernard Shaw, one of the most influential playwrights in modern history said “Progress is impossible without change,”.
Change is uncomfortable. Whether it is in implementing new technology, new processes or new people, it is not always the easiest and most pleasant thing to do as a business leader. However, if you don’t move forward, you will be left behind by your competition.
Change is the key. To change anything, you must be able to adjust and adapt your business quickly to new paradigms and move your team forward. It is a common idiom that any team is only as strong as its weakest link. So, how do you make sure that you have no weak links? You find the best people to work along with you.
Great leaders must have the ability to move forward and do an incredible difficult job of being “at the tip of the spear”. Business leaders no longer do one thing and do one thing well. You can’t do just marketing, sales, technology, or operations individually and be successful. You, and your team, must be like the creators and visionaries of the renaissance era- doing many different kinds of things and doing them well.
The Renaissance Staffing Model
One of my most motivating influences in business is Steve Jobs. Even though he is gone, his wisdom regarding creativity, innovation and treating your staff right still influences me and many other business leaders. He once said that ‘It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.’
Smart people may be specialists in a field of study, but, they also tend to learn more than one thing. Consider Leonardo da Vinci, the definition of a Renaissance man. A scientist, an architect, an artist, he not only studied in different fields, but he also excelled in them.
In today’s competitive market, finding your Leonardo can be tricky, but once you have them, keep them! Here are 7 things to look for when hiring someone incredible. Finding someone with these is the way to find your Da Vinci.
7 Key Qualities of Your Da Vinci
One of the most expensive parts of your organization is your employees. Between salaries and healthcare, 401K matches and vacations, staffing often costs companies more than any other expense. Just bringing in a new employee can cost thousands of dollars. But a Leonardo, your top talent, is not so easily replaced.
A truly great employee enhances your business and allows you the time to focus your energy on doing more.
Just like Leonardo, a goal setter employee will not stop until they have set and completed a task. These employees do more than just show up and collect a paycheck. They are the drivers of your business and allow you the time needed to grow your business, not just work at it.
A dependable employee is not just one who arrives at work on time, they are the employee you KNOW will always get the job done. The peace of mind this type of employee can bring, not to mention the time you save, is well worth spending a little more for a qualified candidate.
Positivity in the workplace can’t be overdone. This business optimism and work ethos leads to everyone being more productive, creative, and providing an overall better atmosphere in which to work.
You can save yourself (and your manager’s) time when you hire a competent employee who has drive and determination to complete work without being micromanaged. Having to direct someone on how to complete their jobs is one of the biggest time sucks I encounter. While everyone needs some direction, a great worker can take direction and go forth from there.
Although some job positions do not require a team effort, every position requires interactions with others. Collaborations may not always need to happen, but every employee’s effort is part of the business as a whole, which is a team effort.
Clear emails, verbal and nonverbal clues, are all soft skills, but necessary in our fast-paced world. If your employee can clearly communicate with others, they and your business will be better off for it.
Adapting to new challenges is essential, and a flexible employee not only adapts but thrives.
Bringing it all Together
You must find great people that enhance your business and help you to do certain roles so you can focus on doing so much more. A Renaissance man or woman, who is well educated with talent and knowledge in many different fields of study is exactly the ideal employee your business needs! At HH Staffing, we have been in the staffing business for over 31 years. We know good employees and great ones. Contact us today so we can help you find your Leonardo.
Until Next Time,
Your Staffing Partner, Darrin Rohr- President, CEO and Chief Servant
Current owner of HH Staffing and Former Chief HR Officer for several successful Multinational Fortune 500 Companies. Brings fresh perspective from decades of experiences creating Great Workplace Cultures by building high performance teams while leading and managing people from all different backgrounds. HH Staffing is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida and is uniquely positioned to serve both local and national clients.