Growing up, I spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ farm. I watched my grandfather plant crops every year. It was amazing how much effort he had to put in during the planting season. The only other time that took as much or more work was harvesting. He had to overdo it at the start, because if the soil wasn’t just right, if the seeds weren’t planted just so, if he didn’t fertilize with the right product, and if he didn’t water enough, the crop would fail and their livelihood for the year would be crushed.
Every time you bring on a new employee, you’re planting. New employees are fragile at the start, and they need special attention from you if you want them to become people you can count on to produce winning results. If you put in the right effort, they’ll win and so will you. If you don’t, you’ll end up with a failed hire and you’ll lose out on your investment of time, money, and focus.
If you want to be a serial winner as a leader, you have to apply the Cycle of Winning to how you approach hiring. Overdoing it at the start is critical. Set your new employees up for success by helping them learn how to be a winner early on—for their sake and yours. The following tips should help.
Look around your office and decide if you’re using the space to send the right messages to your current team members and to the newbies.
I’d love to hear which of these strategies you’ve use, and how you’ve used them. Please comment below and share what you’ve done that has worked well with the community.
You can also use my SlideShare presentation on this topic and use it to share the core ideas with the other leaders on your team.