The most important thing you will do as a manager is Driving the Bus, which is a metaphor that I like to use when discussing recruiting and team building. I recommend using the following Bus related questions to guide your hiring and team building:
- Where is the Bus going?
- Who should be on the Bus?
- Where should they sit?
- Who else can drive?
Each of these questions plays an integral role in building the team you go to battle with, and your long-term success.
Hiring is the perfect time for a reality check on Where the Bus is Going. Hiring is an opportunity for rebirth – out with the old and in with the new, or in with more new because we need additional resources. A little blue sky thinking before you get into the recruiting process could lead to the kind of radical change that makes a big difference, or lead to a subtle change in an existing dynamic that creates a much more harmonized team. You are not Carnac and cannot see into the future to evaluate how a new hire will impact the business, but before your start you can ask yourself:
How can a new hire change our business for the better?
Asking this question gives you permission to dream big.