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Monday, December 09, 2013
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Your No 1 job: Hiring
When you’re planning a startup or preparing to launch a small business, it’s hard to know which tasks to delegate, which to delay, and which to tackle right away. One area where you should do a lot of the work yourself is hiring. If you get the right mix of people working for your company, it will have a far greater chance of success.
While the founder of a company usually wears many hats during the first few years—I handled everything from the secretarial work to the company accounts at my first businesses—you’ll have to delegate those duties as your business grows.
It might be hard to even imagine this right now, but you should be hiring with an eye to the day when you’re going to delegate even your CEO position and step back from the business’s day-to-day operations so that you can focus on making sure that your company is prepared for what’s next.
As I’ve written in previous columns, it was partly due to my dyslexia that I learned early on to delegate. There were some tasks that I struggled with. When we were getting ready to launch Virgin Atlantic, I realised how important the ability to delegate was going to be, since I had no experience in the airline industry. Within weeks we had assembled a team of aviation experts to blend with our experienced Virgin managers. Together they worked on creating and delivering the level of service that I had hoped for.
Hiring the right people is a skill, and you get better at it with practice, but there are some good shortcuts that can help you learn quickly. Here are my tips for identifying great people and building your team.
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