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"hire virtual team"As a coach, consultant, service professional, speaker or author, are you frustrated with not finding the right people to help you in your business?  Perhaps you have hired people before, and it just hasn’t worked out?

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Are your hiring strategies working for you?

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Time and time again, I see posts in Facebook or Twitter from people who are asking, “Does anyone know of a good…?”  You can fill in the blank with any title you wish: Virtual Assistant, Marketing Manager, Graphic Designer, Web Programmer, Social Media Expert, etc.  In fact, I have to admit that this is the most frequent question that I am asked!

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Right Question, Wrong Timing!

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Now, there is nothing wrong with the question, in fact, it is a good idea to get referrals from others when you are looking to grow your team.  What I take issue with is the timing of the question.

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You see, more often than not, this question is asked before the business owner has truly identified the specific work they need done.  This often leads to hiring the wrong person for their team!

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It’s no wonder business owners become frustrated and start believing that there just aren’t any good people out there for their team!

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In light of this, I thought it would be beneficial for me to share with you THE critical first step that so many business owners miss when they are looking to hire help and grow their team!

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It is the  first step in my BOOST Power Team Hiring Blueprint — the exact step-by-step roadmap I use when hiring team members for my clients and for my very own team.
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THE Critical First Step to Hiring:  Begin with the End in Mind

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As many of you know, one of Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s key strategies in his book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is to Begin with the End in Mind.   In my opinion, this is a vitally important step, the first step actually, when you are looking to hire people for your team.

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What do I mean by that?.

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Are You Throwing Money Out of the Window and Jeopardizing Your Success?

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Time and time again, I see small business owners throw money out the window and waste their time and energy, because they hire team members without being specific on what they want done and who they need.

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If as a business owner you are asking for referrals, interviewing and even hiring people for your team before having a clear understanding of the tasks, role and type of individual you require, you are jeopardizing not only your success but that of your new team member as well!  And, you are throwing money out of the window!

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Before you post an add on Craig’s List or utter the words, “You are hired!” or even put out a message in social media or to your friends and colleagues asking them if they know of a good virtual assistant, personal assistant, marketing manager, copywriter, graphic designer, web programmer, or any other role, be sure to first be very clear on what you need to have done and the skills and expertise you require.

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How exactly do you do that?  Do you wish you had a step-by-step roadmap outlining how to hire your Power Team members – your dream team?

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I cover this in depth in my, “Power Team Hiring Secrets Home Study Program“; however let me give you a few steps to get you started:

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1. Make a list of everything that is on your plate

2. Identify which of these you can outsource (delegate to someone else)

3. Group all similar tasks together

4. Next, prioritize the task groupings

5. Using your outsourcing budget and your prioritieze list as your guide, determine which tasks to outsource first

6. Identify the skills, knowledge and expertise required to complete these tasks

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These steps are the stating point for determining who you need to help you in your business and what exactly you need them to be doing.  Now you can communicate your requirments to your network and see if they have anyone to recommend!

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virtual team effective communicationEffective communication – in this day and age you would think that we are all expert communicators.  Right?  Wrong! 

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While we have come a long way from using tin cans and a string to communicate, the hundreds of communication tools available in the marketplace may ease the communication process; however,  they do not make us better communicators! 

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Let’s start by looking at the definition of “communication”. What is “communication”, exactly?

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Wikipedia defines “communication” as “a process whereby information is enclosed in a package and is channeled and imparted by a sender to a receiver via some medium. The receiver then decodes the message and gives the sender a feedback.”

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Just in case you missed it, let me repeat that last sentence, “The receiver then decodes the message and gives the sender a feedback.”  How many of you wait for the receiver to receive your message, decode it and confirm their understanding of your message, before affirming that you have indeed communicated and presuming that they have indeed understood? 

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Many of us think that by simply sending an email, we have communicated.  Or, by saying something to someone, we have communicated.  The biggest reason for communication break downs in teams (and even in couples, I might add) is that a messages is “sent” and the sender does not stop to see if the message has indeed been received and understood by its recipient. 

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True, Effective Communication = Interaction

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According to Nobel Prize winning playwright, George Bernard Shaw, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Communicaton is not a matter of simply having one sender and one receiver.  True, effective communication involves an interaction. 

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Should I Fire my VA?

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Seeking Virtual Assistant - If you are an experienced and enthusiastic Virtual Assistant who is looking for a great new Client, then keep reading!  You may be just the person I am looking for!

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Suzanne Falter-Barns

One of my clients, Suzanne Falter-Barns of www.GetKnownNow.com is looking to add a Virtual Assistant to her team.  As a member of her team, you would be working with Suzanne as well as her Online Business Manager, Marta Costa and her Online Marketing Manager, Terry Ramirez. 

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If you are a team player and someone who is problem solver and great with customers, here’s what I’d like you to do:

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1. Read the Roles and Responsibilities description below

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2. If you have the required skills and expertise and are excited by the opportunity of working with Suzanne and the rest of her team, email me!  Include details of your work history, experience, email address and phone number in addition to 3 client references (their name, email and phone number). 

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My email address is sherleygrace@DiscoverYourPowerTeam.com Be sure to act quickly as the cutoff date is Monday, June 14! Continue reading ‘Seeking Virtual Assistant – Interested in working for an amazing Client? Here’s your opportunity!’

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Are you a business owner who is looking to grow your team and is wondering where to find the best talent for the new role?  If you have current team members, the best individuals might be just under your nose. 

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Before you start looking outside your business to fill new vacancies, you may want to take a peak at those you already have on your team.  It might be time for you to get to know them a little better!

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Successfull outsourcing for business owners was the topic of the day today during my free teleclass. Entitled ”Stop Scrambling and Start Running a Business That’s Profitable and Powerful, so you can do what YOU want, when YOU want”, the teleclass focused on:

 

  • The #1 thing you need in place before you start growing your business
  • The 3 biggest mistakes business owners make when looking to grow their team
  • What parts of your business you should be outsourcing sooner rather than later and WHY!
  • The 2 Powerful no-fail strategies to start your relationship with your new team on the right foot
  • The biggest factor that can make or break your relationship with your team
  • Details about my brand new class: “Power Team Intensive: Build the team that will help you live your true destiny!”

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There’s still time to sign up and get the recording.  Simply enter your name and email address in the box below and click the “Sign Up” button.  You will receive an email asking your to confirm your subscription.  Once you click on the link in the email, you will receive the access details for the recording.  Enjoy!
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paris france marketAs a business owner, should you be responsible for training individuals you hire to work on your team? There are opposing views on this question.  Many entrepreneurs think that they should not have to train. They feel that the individuals they hire should know how to do the job upon being hired. Others think that it is indeed their responsibility to not only train the individuals who join their team but also pay them while they learn.  This very topic came to mind as I was buying bananas in France.

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We recently visited my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Paris, France.  While there, I went with my sister-in-law to the grocery store. Needless to say that, like you, I have purchased groceries thousands of times in my life, and since I am fluent in French, language was certainly not a barrier. So why would it take me three times longer to do groceries?

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I wanted to buy a few bananas.  How many times have you purchased bananas?  I take a couple and am about to place them in a little plastic bag (like I do back home) when my sister-in-law while pointing to the scale says, “You have to weigh them”.  I place the bananas on the scale and she says, “”perfect”, and walks away.  

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Now I have weighed fruit and vegetables in the past. You lay them on the scale, place them in a bag and write the weight on the bag with a marker. Well, I had to call my sister-in-law over because nothing was happening.  My bananas just sat there, innocently waiting for this foreigner to get her act together! So my sister-in-law explains the process: you go back to the table with the bananas, you find the numerical code noted on the sign, you go to the scale, place your bananas on the scale, enter the code, press enter…et voila…out comes the label with the price, which you place on your item. 

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So what does my story have to do with hiring and training your team? Everything! 

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If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that I firmly believe that before you hire someone, you should outline their role and responsibilities – what it is you want them to do – as well as the skills, knowledge and experience they require to do the job.  For example, if you are looking for a social media marketing manager, you can expect them to have experience developing social media strategies for online entrepreneurs, be familiar with the various social media vehicles/tools available, understand how to use each to accomplish the desired goals, etc. 

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You should not hire a social media marketing manager that has not used Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. to effectively build relationships and market their own business.  This is the expertise you are hiring for! 

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What they cannot be familiar with, however, is how you run your business. If you want your team members to be as productive as possible, as quickly as possible, you need to invest energy, time and money  to teach them about you, your expectations, your goals, your business.  Don’t eliminate this important step. 

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While I know how to shop for bananas, it took a little time and some assistance from my sister-in-law to learn the ins and outs that are specific to this particular grocery store.  Help your team members learn the specifics that are unique to you and your business. Help your team members help you!  This can only lead to a win:win:win situation for you, them and your business! 

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A bientôt!

Often when speaking with business owners and solopreneurs, the topic turns to their teams.  This is not surprising given that it is my area of expertise and that I am so passionate about helping people team with individuals who are in their element and who inspire and empower them.

Many entrepreneurs who have been in business for several years have come to the realization that if they want to continue growing their business, they require a team.  While I will address the topic of business growth through teams in a future post, what concerns me is how entrepreneurs go about hiring their staff.

You wouldn’t believe the number of times business owners confide that they have hired their friends, family members, a friend of a friend of a friend who is out of work and needs the money, an acquaintance who is on sick leave and is trying to make ends meet.  I understand that these situations pull at your heart strings. 

Anyone who knows me personally, i.e. close friends and family know that I wear my heart on my sleeve, but as I told one of my mentors recently, in business, I wear long sleeves and make business decisions first with my head, and then run it by my heart. 

Does this mean that you should not hire someone who is in need or that you should not partner with a friend or relative?  That is not at all what I am saying. What I am saying is use logic first. 

When hiring an individual for your team:

  • determine what you want to accomplish and where you need help
  • identify what tasks you want to outsource
  • identify the type of people you work with best
  • identify the requirements: skills, knowledge, experience and personality traits the individual requires
  • recruit the individual who meets or exceeds  those requirements

Getting back to your family member or friend of a friend of a friend, does this individual have the skills, knowledge, experience and personality traits that you require?  Setting aside their relationship to you or to others around you and setting aside their personal situation, ask yourself if they truly are the most qualified candidate.  If so and you feel you could maintain a business relationship with them, go ahead and hire them.  If not, do NOT hire them. 

Never forget that you are running a business.  As a business owner, you must do what is right for you AND your business, even if it causes some ill feelings in your surroundings.  Hiring the wrong person for the job will not only result in their feeling miserable, but it will also mean more work for you, more stress for you and more time spent on working in your business instead of on your business. 

When hiring, you can roll up your sleeves, but don’t forget to put your business owner hat on!