What I learned the second time round A serial entrepreneur’s 7 steps to building a successful team
Any mistakes learned in founding my first business helped me thrive during the growth of my second, finder.com.au. I’ve always been a fast learner and it wasn’t long before I became quickly educated on what would work and what wouldn’t.
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Finder.com.au originally started as Creditcardfinder.com.au with just three people at a shared office space in 2006. Growth since then has been so substantial that we now have a range of comparison sites under finder. com.au that are driven by 27+ staff. I am a firm believer that the success of our growth all comes down to the choice of a brilliant team.
Reaching this point, however, hasn’t been a straight path and developing a process for securing profitable and motivated employees, who manage themselves to achieve results, has been my fundamental focus in business this time around. I developed a process that allows me to pick out the A+ players from the A players and have made a conscious effort to share my vision with these staff from the very beginning.
I’ve developed seven steps for other business leaders based on this process. These are key factors that should be considered before you even begin advertising a position and should also be values that are shared with the whole team – not just new employees!
Seven steps to building a successful team: 1 Don’t hire average staff, or you will end up with an average company. Slow down – there should be no rush when it comes to hiring. It’s better to wait just that bit longer rather than hire the wrong person. Also, question if you need to hire; could you optimise your systems more effectively to decrease the need for another set of hands? 2 Ask more questions, not less. Who you hire impacts the other top performers in your company. Find out as