One of the most important determinants of business success next cycle, when uncertainty about tactics could linger, is the people you choose to have on your team. As Jim Collins said in his award-winning book Good to Great, you need to get the right people on the bus, in the right seats, and get the wrong people off the bus.
We’ve all experienced how demoralizing it can be to hire people, incur the expense and time of training them, only to find they are such a drain on morale and productivity that you get less done by hiring more people.
To avoid that trap, smart firm owners will take the time to determine exactly what an “A Player” looks like for their firm and for each role. In other words, you need to decide what kind of person is allowed on the bus and what they need to earn the privilege of sitting in each seat. If you aren’t sure where to start, read Topgrading: How to Hire, Coach and Keep A Players by Brad and Geoff Smart.
Now that you have a vision for the right people and the right seats, you have a hard decision to make. Should you begin hiring now or wait until you really need someone? Here are four reasons why you should hire now.
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