We are a growing New York City-based video production film company that’s on the verge of hiring several employees in a short period of time. We want to make sure we have the same day-to-day atmosphere while maintaining a level of professionalism but are worried that several new hires may have an effect on that.
CEO & Creative Director
True Film Production
The challenge you face is common to successful entrepreneurs — a good club to be in.
Get ready for an exciting ride by first letting go of the idea that nothing should change, and second making sure to grow your team in alignment with what’s made you successful.
When businesses grow, they should change. And so should you. By hiring people, you take on new roles as leader and manager of employees, and will need to let go of something else. It’s healthier for you and your business if you acknowledge and prepare for that.
Work closely with new employees, but as they prove themselves turn whole pieces of work over to them, while remaining their coach and evaluator of quality.
How are you at leading, managing, and delegating? It could be time for some self-assessment or training if these are new roles for you.
Although you need to acknowledge change, you obviously don’t want to lose what has fueled your success. Identifying elements crucial to your success can be difficult. So to the best of your ability use data, such as feedback from your clients and maybe information from industry colleagues about the buzz that’s building about your business.
Think about your future too. What direction would you like to see your business grow and what qualities will it take to get there?
Hiring can also be an opportunity to round out a team and complement your strengths. Too many people hire a “mini me” and miss this opportunity to strengthen the team with diversity of background, culture, and abilities.
About the author
Teresa Rothausen-Vange, professor of management and Susan E. Heckler endowed chair in business administration and management, University of St. Thomas Opus School of Business