Trust is a difficult thing to manufacture out of thin air. Of course it has to be earned but it also has to be implied at the very start. This is how I like to begin building trust. I give it, implicitly. I trust my team to do their best, to do their job, to […]
The difference between success and failure in business usually comes down to one thing: Good teamwork. If someone is going to be an employee, he or she needs to work well with me and other team members. For that reason, it’s important to identify and hire based on the qualities that predict teamwork and success.
As the COO and a co-founder of After School, a large part of my job is making hiring decisions. It’s one of many responsibilities, but there’s nothing more important to the success of our company than the strength of our team, which makes every interview an opportunity to improve our business.
Most start-ups start as one man shows, where the owner is doing everything from IT, to bookkeeping, sales and marketing and everything in between. The reason for this is that hiring employees costs money, money that a new company cannot to allocate to bringing someone new on board.
Early in my career as an employer, I found myself on a Nietzschean quest for the “super employee” – the perfect person who could do a lot of things well and very little wrong. It didn’t occur to me at the time that it’s not realistic to think that people come without failures and shortcomings. […]
Hiring employees requires more work from you as the employer than simply placing a job ad, hiring the right person and training them on their role. You need to be aware of the Labour Law requirements in terms of the various funds and other stipulated registrations. The law does not differentiate between different size organisations, […]