The Business Pit Stop: Episode 12- Knowing When To Hire
Professional small business consultants /father and son duo Jeff and Clayton give strategies for success in running a small business, family business, or start up.
After years as implementers of the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®), a system that has helped 4000 businesses break through the ceiling, Jeff and Clayton are expanding their small business, and want to share their unique perspective in bringing the Entrepreneurial Operating System to a small business.
In this episode of The Business Pit Stop Jeff and Clayton continue the informal conversation they started in the last conversation. They shift into Human Resources Mode as Jeff recalls the first time he had to ask himself, “Should I hire an employee”.
Jeff flexes a few of the 5 leadership muscles, by telling Clayton that “should I hire an employee” is the wrong question. Instead, a small business owner should be asking, “Is this the highest, best use of my time”.
So…. “Should I Hire An Employee”
This week is a very short episode, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t touch on some important topics.
When we talk to a business owner, and it doesn’t matter if they have 1 employee or 100, we tell them that they will never Break Through The Ceiling if they don’t learn to let go. That doesn’t mean letting go of your whole company, of course. But, it does mean learning to let go of the smaller things, the things that hold you back from what Strategic Coach Dan Sullivan calls your Unique Ability™.
We call this learning to Delegate and Elevate™ in an EOS™ world. If you are asking yourself, “should I hire an employee”, a good first step is learning to Delegate and Elevate™.
Tools For Hiring
Not every potential hire is created equal. Once you decide you do need to hire a new employee, it’s important to nail down a very defined criteria. When you start hiring, be sure you are hiring Right People for the Right Seats. You can use these 2 simple tools to do so.
Use The People Analyzer™
The People Analyzer is a tool from the EOS Toolbox™ that encourages healthy conversation about a person’s role in a company. This tool focuses on their ability (and willingness) to demonstrate Core Values and their GWC (Get it – Want it – Capacity to do it)™. You can download the People Analyzer™ here and watch our brief video on how to deploy it in your business.
Don’t cringe. Every time we bring up Core Values, people cringe. They think I mean a bunch of words on a paper like “honesty” or “integrity” that have nothing to do with who you really are. They just look pretty.
That’s not what I mean. At. All.
Core Values are what changes your business into something that is truly representative of you. Core Values are those 3-7 ideas that drive every decision and action in your company. They should be, at least. If your company doesn’t have Core Values, be sure to check out our quick guide to building Core Values that can truly inspire.
If you already have Core Values, be sure to live them in every interaction. From client meetings, to hiring interviews, and everything in between. People should see your Core Values written on your wall (literally), but be able to guess them just from interacting with you.
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Jeff Whittle founded and launched Whittle & Partners in 2011. Before that, Jeff practiced law in Dallas for 15 years and has an additional 20 years of executive business experience. He has run businesses ranging from startups to 300-employee operations.