Find the right people, right from the start
Catherine Hoke (CEO of DEFY VENTURE’S) says She was desperate to “fill a seat” instead of postponing the search and spending time to find the right person for the job, she admits.
“We ended up compromising, hiring people that didn’t have the attributes I was looking for,” Hoke says. “[It] becomes more costly in the long run.” If a candidate doesn’t have the skills but does have the traits for the job, they can grow into the position, she says. (For example, a salesperson better be a closer, and an assistant needs to be detail oriented.) Having to fire someone sets the organization back and is unpleasant, Hoke says. “[The] pain could be avoided on the front end.”
Everyone says they want to start with a great team, but when you don’t have the infrastructure, that’s hard to do,