Whether your a business owner or a manager at a company, there will come a time when you need to build a team. If you’re lucky, your company will allow you to pull members not only from the company portfolio, but also from freelancers. If this is the case, then you will have the task of choosing the right people for the project.
While it might sound easy at first, it can be a daunting task. Your leadership can make or break a project (link) and so can your team. When you have the ability to choose almost anyone, it’s a lot of responsibility.
How to Build The Right Team
I’ve had the pleasure of building teams for a variety to projects, and while it was difficult, I learned a few things about the process. Here are 5 tips I can offer on how to build the right team.
Select People who are Truly Qualified
This may sound like a no brainer, but people violate this all the time. They hire friends or a friend of a friend, instead of hiring someone who can is actually do the job. I would start by considering the project and the overall goal. What characteristics would best fit the demands of this project? If the job requires that the person have knowledge of a particular industry, hire someone who knows that industry. If the job is going to be high stress or require strict deadlines, hire someone who can meet that criteria. Building a team of people who are not qualified will definitely hurt the effectiveness of the project.
Try to get to know potential hires as much as possible beforehand
I think it’s important to try and get to know your potential team members as much as possible before hiring. Now that I think about it, this is probably why most hire people they know. There is more risk involved with hiring people you haven’t worked with before, because you can’t really know how they may react to certain situations.
Ask the right questions in the interview, and maybe consider doing more than one if you have time. Check their social media (you can learn alot about someone by doing that) and ask for references. This will help you to have a better undersanding of who you are about to work with.
Consider How They Will Work Together
When you are assembling a team, it’s important that you consider how they will work together. Of course, you don’t want to put people with drastically different personality types in the same room because that may not go over well. As with most things, communication between everyone is crucial to the project’s success. If you come across someone who is qualified, but doesn’t fit in with the rest of the group, you will have problems.
Select People With Different Strengths
Often times it seems that people think the best thing to do is hire others with similar strengths because that means they will work well together. Firstly, that isn’t always true. But despite that, I think it’s a better strategy to select people with different strengths. This is because if one person isn’t strong in one factor, someone else can pick up that torch. I like to look at buildling a team like creating a symphony. Each person is different but fits together seamlessly. One person may have excellent problem solving skills, while another may have amazing creativity. Thoughtfully consider the strengths and weaknessses of each candidate, and piece them together.
Select People With Similar Goals
The last thing you want is to have someone on your team with ulterior motives. Before hiring, try to use your intuition as much as possible and think about what each person really wants. Why do they want to be a part of this project? Are they there for the money? Are they there to stroke their own ego? Or are they there to give whatever they can to the project because they believe in it? Consider the goals of your individual team members, and try to select people who are there for the right reasons.
The responsibility of building a team is an often overlooked art. It’s not as easy as people sometimes make it out to be, and it requires careful consideration.
I hope you found value in the post and as always thank you for reading!
Have you ever had to build a team? Was it a Good or Bad Experience? What tips can you offer? Let’s have a discussion!