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How and When to Find Your Dream Team

How and When to Find Your Dream Team

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How and When to Find Your Dream Team

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Knowing how to find your dream team and when to scale

As a thought experiment, imagine you are leaving on a week-long trip to a remote destination without internet access. Would your business survive the week without you?

The majority will answer no, but it doesn't have to be that way. Another approach is to find the right team of self-sufficient, capable individuals to help you grow and scale your company.

For example, Charlie Feng, the co-founder of Clearco specialises in building teams into self-sustaining entities and shares his thoughts.

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It's often vital to hire yourself out of a job in order to scale and grow your startup.

If you're unable to step back and let go of some control, your startup will not be scalable or sustainable. You need to find people who can help take your business to the next level.

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  • Find people who complement your skills and weaknesses in the early stages. Find individuals who share your vision.
  • Don't disregard similarities. Hire people who complement your skill set, but are similar to you from a worldview perspective.
  • Hire the people you'd want to work for if roles were reversed. Chances are they have the same goals and aspirations as you.
  • Prioritize diversity. A team with a variety of perspectives can come up with better solutions and be more successful in the long run.

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Focus on your first 10 hires

Ensure they are the best of the best. Look for people who share the mission.

To ensure your first hires are rock stars:

  • Cast a wide net. Reach out to friends, family, and alumni networks.
  • Use social media wisely. It's easy to come across as spammy if you reach out to someone without taking the time to learn more about them first. 
  • Get personal. Introduce yourself and explain why you think the candidate would be a good fit for your team.
  • Follow up. Don't just wait for candidates to come to you after sending a job listing. After you've interviewed someone, follow up and see how they're doing

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When to begin scaling

You are ready for scaling when you’re satisfied that the foundations of your team are strong, meaning that your team can confidently run itself.

Success indicators to look for:

  1. Your team has all of the key roles filled
  2. The team is functioning well and meeting or exceeding goals
  3. Your team has the bandwidth to take on new members without sacrificing quality.
  4. You feel confident enough in the team to take a step back.

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