“HESITATION BLUES” – ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE HIRING PROCESS?
“I Don’t Have Time To Go Through the Hiring Process”
If you have ever thought this, you need to keep reading.
“Well, a nickel is a nickel, a dime is a dime
I need a new man, lord I know I won’t mind.
Tell me how long, dear, do I have to wait?
Can I get you now, dear, must I hesitate?”
Because if that’s the case then you don’t have time for growth and greater success.
Janis Joplin burned too bright and too fast but she went for it early and changed the face of music. And if you’re looking to achieve your own dream sooner rather than later, you can’t hesitate to make decisions that may make you a bit uncomfortable — like investing in High Impact Talent (HIT®}.
Hiring for who you want to be is the mark of successful leaders who understand that HIT is what takes you from here … to way up there. Yet it’s also is the single most uncomfortable part of running a business according to, well, just about everyone I know.
“Should I or shouldn’t I? “ “What if?” “But…”
Whether or not to make a hire can be a difficult decision for any business. This is especially tricky for small businesses, where budgets are often tight and the time needed to dedicate to the hiring process is scarce. If you are on the fence get off it and start your move to the next level.
Small business owners are some of the most time-starved people out there. That’s why many avoid going through the hiring process for so long: they know it will take a lot of time and effort to find and interview the right person, and the thought of putting so much energy into something not directly related to day-to-day operations is overwhelming.
But a lack of time is one of the worst reasons not to hire. If you don’t take the time to hire, your business growth – and your time – will be sorely limited. If you are already strapped for time, there is no way you are going to be able to take the time needed to craft an effective strategy and grow your business.
As you add employees to help manage the little things, you’ll free yourself up to focus on the more important aspects, such as planning, strategizing, and growing your business.
“He who hesitates is lost” Cato
A Roman General, Senator and, Consul, Cato knew that swift, decisive action always wins the day, whether defeating the Greeks, defending the Roman Empire or convincing fellow Senators to take the right course of action for the people.
In your case “the people” are your employers, stakeholders and, customers. They count on you every day to make smart business decisions and make them as quickly as you can. I know there are pressures, not the least of which is financial. Not having the money to pay a new employee is understandable and seems a valid reason not to hire. If you view it as an expense. If you’re just using that expense as an excuse without crunching the numbers and really looking at long-term ROI, there’s a strong chance you are just using the expense as an excuse, which is a really bad reason not to hire or be too cautious and hesitant.
There’s no other way to say it: hiring big talent costs money. But it may very well be the best investment you can make in the growth of your business. The point is that you need to figure out how much a hire will cost you, estimate what kind of value they can bring to the business, and then determine whether or not it is a good decision to spend the cash. But make your decisions based on facts, not fears or fiction.
Consider this from one of the world’s most dynamic decision makers.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, former president of the United States, once said: “I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.” He prioritized things using the following rule:
Important – urgent = Do it now
Important – not urgent = Decide a time to do it
Urgent – not important = Delegate it
Not urgent – not important = Delete it
You can learn more about this at https://jamesclear.com/eisenhower-box
With this in mind, let’s take a look at two key dynamics that you need to be aware of regarding hiring High Impact Talent
What You Don’t Have
The truth is that mid-market business owners usually have a special talent or skill or leadership style that is critical to their success. But what they don’t have is:
- Recruiting experience
- Insight about how recruiting or the hiring process works
- Time to find the exact right HIT
What You Need
Choosing what, why, when and how you spend your time is, of course, a challenge. So when it comes to looking to bring aboard new talent you need to:
- Minimize your investment of time to only what is necessary
- Maximize your ability to target and hire High-Impact Talent
- A partner to define a strategy, create a hiring process and deliver results
If you want long-term business growth, your business will probably have to hire at some point. But, the timing might not be right for your business. Make a list of your hesitations compare to them to the list above, and you should have a pretty good idea of whether or not to hire in the near future.
“Eat the Frog” Brian Tracy
You can’t be “half in” about recruiting. You can’t put it on the back burner. In fact, dynamic leaders will tell you there’s no such thing as a back burner. Author and self-development guru Brian Tracy tells us to “eat the frog” and get it done. And with our Tune Into Talent® strategy and toolbox, we can get you prepared to dive right in.
If you want some more information on interviewing, you can read our article “MAY I HAVE A TALK WITH YOU?” – INTERVIEWING TIPS.
Stay tuned as we continue to explore the topics about recruiting that every smart business owner and leaders needs to know when looking to hire big-time talent.
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