The first thing I want to discuss is the different between management and leadership. There is a common fallacy among new business owners that they are the same, or even similar.
This is simply not true.
We have seen and worked with many businesses over the years and can usually tell which one fits the profile.
For example, there might be an expert in the field who is well-known for his skill in a given craft. They are able to micro-manage and accomplish incredible things with exact precision.
This is a manager.
This person may have all the technique in the world, but they are probably not a leader. At least not yet. They may struggle with the prospect of interpersonal relations in a leadership positions. Worst case scenario- they harm the company profit and their tenure is cut short.
We’ve also seen the reverse- someone who may not be process-oriented, but rather people-oriented, and motivated by working with them.
You need both, but you have to be careful to put them in a position according to their personality type.
According to Jim Collins, a well-known business writer, a business is like a bus. You have to make sure not only to get the right people on the bus, but in the right seat as well.
If you need to make a change, put that person in a different seat and, if necessary, get that person off the bus completely.
Now that we’ve reminded you of your horrible childhood bus-riding experiences, we’ll leave you with this:
No two personalities are alike, but here at Morningdove, we’ve noticed some patterns. Those patterns can be seen with time and with just a little attention.
This is why we subscribe to the “hire slow, fire fast” methodology, and let me tell you, it has paid off big time. There is less turnover, more company loyalty, and more overall satisfaction. In short, a good company culture wins out.
One bad apple can spoil the bunch, and the same holds true with employees. Hire good, honest people who can do the job AND get along with you and other employees.
Don’t hire because you need another worker – hire because you need another team member.