When planting a new garden, the first step in the process isn't just to head to the shop to buy plants.
[Although I'll give it to you... plant shopping is 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 tempting.]
And the same is true for building your team.
The first step in both is 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻.
For gardening, you first need to assess what type of plants to buy and tend to the soil to make sure it’s ready to nourish the new plants.
For building a team, the preparation step is comprised of the following:
→ finding clarity around what type of role to hire for
→ discerning which tasks can be delegated
→ understanding *how* to delegate the tasks
→ assessing scalability of current processes + systems
→ documenting procedures in a training guide
→ cultivating a manager mindset
This stage is super important in establishing the necessary foundation to set a new hire up for success - and one that we often forget.
But boy does it make a difference in the later stages of the scaling process if we spend the time tending to the soil before hiring.
I’m super passionate about this preparation step because it mixes so many of my favorite goodies: process design + clarity and releasement work + manager mindset.
So much so that I designed a lil’ quiz to help those out there get a feel for what might need some extra love as they embark on the hiring journey.
Take it here!