In the chaotic world of entrepreneurship, it is rare that entrepreneurs assess how they work, and how they organize and execute their days. We are often running from fire to fire and don’t think about the ways we can be more efficient, more balanced, more rested and more effective.

Hiring is Game Changing

Your team is the most important asset you have, and yet, for many entrepreneurs with young companies, recruiting is the skill to which we devote the least time and discipline. Despite the research, tests and tools that sophisticated companies use to evaluate employees, many of us entrepreneurs think hiring is nothing more than using a little common sense and trusting your gut. For some reason, hiring is just one of those areas that we don’t identify with the need for expertise—just some good “people skills.”

“For some reason, even though we know the importance of hiring, we don’t treat it the way we treat other skills in our company.”

The entrepreneurial hiring process often consists of “I get a good feeling from this person. My gut tells me that they would be good to work with.” The first hires you make are some of the most important. When you do make the leap from it being just you (or you and a co-founder), the difference between unlocking your time and talent and weighing you down is getting that hire right. And as you grow, it will be the talent you are able to bring in that will unlock the power of your vision. For some reason, even though we know the importance of hiring, we don’t treat it the way we treat other skills in our company. You wouldn’t sit down and start writing code, but for some reason we all have sat down and started hiring.

Your gut feeling is not enough. The fact that you need help is not enough. You have to improve your hiring skills to give you the best chance of success.

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