It’s very tempting to hire the same type of person as yourself.
Hire someone who has the same type of background as yourself and it will all work out well - right?
It’s an easy mistake to make.
You are a good fit for your job, so hiring more people like yourself will seem like it must be a good move.
You may also think it’s going to reduce your risk of hiring the wrong person.
Hiring someone from a different background may not work out.
It’s also comfortable hiring someone from the same background – you feel you can relate to them.
Problem is, hiring a bunch of people with the same background and experience is not going to help you when you come across tricky problems – you are going to need different perspectives.
You need a mixture of skills and experience if you want to be really effective.
To build a successful and progressive business, you need a team of people who bring their unique abilities, strengths and perspectives to the challenges that your business will face.
You need to hire for fit - and fit is critical - but avoid recruiting clones of the original team.
New recruits need to mesh with your culture, but it is also essential that they bring their own strengths to the game.
Your way is not always the best way.
An alternative perspective can make all the difference for the best way to get tasks done.
Other people think differently than you.
They have different motivations, beliefs, and process information in a different way.
Some see the big picture, others have a narrower perspective that is better “getting down into the detail”.
Some are more analytical, others are creative types.
Some may perform best when they see information, others may want to hear it.
Some revel in accolades and praise, others are happy with a quick “thanks”.
You need people who are different than you to make a good team.
You will need detail orientated analytical types.
You will need high energy “let’s take on the world” extroverts.
You will need original thinkers.
You will need completer finisher “let’s get it done” types.
Managing a group of diverse people is not without its challenges. You will need to find out how each team member is motivated, what is important to them, and what makes them feel valued and appreciated.
In doing so, the results can be exceptional.