In a growing company, every employee’s efforts must produce maximum value. Every action has to contribute to growth. Every moment counts. Every person counts.
It takes great people to make a great company. Talent acquisition and retention can make or break the company.
So, how do you go about picking the right people that will support your growth? There are certain characteristics necessary to hack it in a growing company. Here’s what to look for:
- Relentless pursuit of personal growth. You want a person who never shies away from a challenge and is always looking to take on the new role that is a bit out of their comfort zone. They like to stretch themselves. Each member of your growing team needs to be open to broad, loosely-defined job descriptions and have a “whatever it takes�? attitude. No one can say “that’s not my job�? in a growing company. Instead, everyone must say, “Let’s figure it out.�?
- Hacker mentality. This means your team is always trying to do more with less (See: 5 Tips for "Growth Hacking" Your Business). They are always looking for a better, more efficient way to get work done. Innovation is just part of their mindset. They don’t complain for the sake of complaining; they take ownership and offer solutions to the problem.
- Hustle. Here, I’m referring to the ability to roll up their sleeves and thrive in a fast-paced environment – to put in the extra effort when needed, which is ALL THE TIME. A strong work ethic is a must. Low performers bring down the entire team.
- Nimble. While sort of a buzz word, it’s a good term to illustrate the adaptability and flexibility needed to survive in a quickly changing environment. Look for experience thriving in a dynamic workplace.
- Emotional intelligence. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with these people – potentially stressful times. Therefore, you want to surround yourself with people who are able to navigate conflict effectively, express themselves, and manage their own stress. They need to be natural change managers and leaders.
- High energy. When the world around you is always changing and the pace is fast, a high energy level is required. This comes naturally to some people. Others are runners and fueled by endorphins. For the rest of us, coffee and other forms of the wonderful legal stimulant are helpful.
The type of person who thrives in a growing company would be bored in a stagnant company. You’re looking for drivers of change – not followers. They don’t want to do the same thing every day. They want to evolve as the company evolves.
Let’s be honest, most of the time, these people are already employed and valued by their current employers, so you need to be comfortable reaching out to them and selling them on why they should join your company. Ask your network for recommendations of talents folks who illustrate these characteristics, and have your “pitch�? down pat, because nothing is more important than getting a top-notch team to support your company’s growth.
Do you have what it takes?