Business is good—so good that you’re ready to add staff. If you’re like most people, you tend to look for someone who is like you. After all, you need to be able to work together. But it might be better to promote and hire with a focus on complementary candidates, not compatible candidates. Consider these ideas to help you look for staff who can fill in for your weaknesses, not duplicate your strengths.
Finding staff that complements your weakness means you first have to know your own strengths. There are a number of tools that can help you identify them. Here are two of them:
Knowing what your strengths are means you also unearth your weaknesses. The idea then is to find staff members who can provide balance in areas where you fall short.
For example, entrepreneurs tend to be passionate idea generators. They have the ability to envision the possibilities and can set a direction. It’s that spirit of innovation that creates successful small businesses. But they might need help getting there. So the perfect complement is to have a staff member who is good at implementing the vision.
Think about these ideas when adding complementary staff:
Your small business might be better served by broadening its combined skill set rather than expanding what it can do already. Whether you promote from within or hire someone new, consider adding staff whose skills complement your weakness.