What to consider when hiring your wing person

If you’ve run your business well, you’ll come to a point where you need to think about hiring your wing person. This person will become your right-hand help, a partner who can take over the running of operations so that you can become the CEO of your business. 

It’s a big decision, one you want to give yourself time to mull over. Because you want to pick the right person for the job. You need someone who can almost become an extension of you at work. They’re going to be making decisions on your behalf and helping implement your biggest dreams and goals. So you need to get it right. Here’s what you want to consider when hiring your wing person.

Know your desired outcome from hiring your wing person

You no doubt have a list of criteria this person needs to match. But start by getting clear on what it is that’s most important to you. Look through that list and decide what (if anything!) you’re willing to compromise on. Rate your criteria in order of priority. Know how you will gauge if you’ve found the right person for the role. Are you more inclined to go with your gut and how you feel about them, or stick to your list? What will that perfect outcome look like for you?
Know what a match made in heaven looks like for you.

They need the right skills for the position

When you’re assessing the right skills needed for the position, decide what type of person they need to be. Are you looking for a specialist or an all-rounder with technical abilities? But also think about your future plans too. After all, you want someone who can stay with you and grow with your business.

Personality is just as important when hiring your wing person

No matter who you choose, they do need to fit in with your existing team and be a good fit for you. Think about their general personality, working style and attitude. It’s good if they’re different to you, but if they’re too different or opposite, you may find you’ll irritate each other.

Do they have the right track record?

When you’re hiring your wing person, you know they need experience. However, they also need to have a proven track record doing similar things and in similar businesses. This will help cut down the length of time it will take to train them and get them settled in.

Know that your perfect wing person may not exist

And that’s OK. You’ll rarely find someone that matches your exact criteria. That’s why you start by defining your desired outcome and the things you’re willing to compromise on. Ideally, you do want someone you can train and develop to a certain extent. It gives them time to learn and absorb from you, and it gives you time to adapt to having a wing person working with you. 

Hiring your wing person is a big decision to make. The above will help you understand what you need to consider, but if you need a little more help, check out this recent blog: Choosing the right OBM for your business.  

And of course, if you’re ready to explore whether we’d be a good fit for each other, why not get in touch? You can check what to expect when working together here. And if you’d like to book an informal chat to discuss it further, you’ll be able to book a suitable date and time here.

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