Hire the Right People

My dad, who managed for 34 years of his life,  always preached the Five R’s to success in management.

The Right People


The Right Place


The Right Time


The Right Thing


The Right Attitude


If you get all those items lined up correctly or “RIGHT”…you’ve got it!  and there is a reason that it leads with the RIGHT PEOPLE…..

Hiring and developing staff is the first step in successful management.

When you are developing, replacing or expanding a team the right people will make all the difference in the world.  One wrong person can change the entire dynamics of the team.  Hence, the saying: “one bad apple, spoils the bunch”.  And to push that apple concept just a bit more…. as the manager you need to know what type of apple you like in your bunch.


Have you ever made an apple pie?  It’s not easy…. honestly, pumpkin pie is easier.  But with an apple pie the type of apple can dramatically change the flavor of the pie.  There are some recipes that call for two types of apple, because they compliment each other and make the flavor even more fantastic.  Same thing goes for you and your team!  And often this explains why sometimes the Right Person for one manager is not the Right Person for the next manager.  Not all types work with all managers and that can dramatically change the flavor of your organization, school, business, or company just like the apples in the pie.


Can an employee grow into the Right Person?  Absolutely!

Can an employee be the Right Person in different places?  YEP!

But it all comes down to you as the manager choosing the RIGHT TYPE of person from the get go.  (sucks… but really it all does, ultimately, come down to you as the manager and leader.)

Here are some steps for finding the RIGHT TYPE of person.  (Keep in mind if you get the right type of person, pair them up with the RIGHT ingredients you will certainly taste success!)


  1. Know yourself.  Who you are as a manager, how you manage, and what type of people work well under your supervision.  Most importantly who flourish under your supervision.  These are all very important pieces to selecting the Right People for your team.
  2. Know your current team/staff.  What are the dynamics of your current staff, the players and how they relate?  Keep in mind… good employees bring in/recruit good employees.  You don’t hire people who aren’t up to the team that you already have together.  Honor your current staff  by never giving a person a job…. always let a new hire know that because of “these certain reasons” you have earned this opportunity.  Your team is outstanding and anyone coming in to this team is being given a privilege to become part of the current outstanding team.  Involve current staff in the process.
  3. Know the characteristics.  You need to know what characteristics matter to you.  I once had a friend who worked at the Governor’s office tell me that when she hired staff, her most important characteristic was initiative.  I totally agree!  When I would hire staff, initiative was my go to characteristic too.  Maybe you need courteous or polite.  Deliberate is another great characteristic that managers look for in professional services.  Think about two major characteristics of what the perfect Right Person would have and then seek them out.
  4. Know your need.  The job description of the team member you are hiring is an important place to start but then layer on your answers from #1, #2 and #3.  At that point you will have a clear understanding of the job, how the new hire will work with you, what’s missing from your team, and what type of person would enhance it.  You also know what characteristics you are looking for in your new employee.  But don’t stop there…..ask potential employees what is their need?  This question will give you a huge glimpse at the road this person has traveled to get to this opportunity and whether or not they meet your need.
  5. Know your goal.  Take the time to really think through the one major goal of this hire.  It might be that you need a person who will be in this position for the long haul.  Or maybe, your major goal is to bring in new, fresh ideas and concepts.  Whatever your goal…. make sure you know it and you use it as your compass when hiring.

Find the Right People… it is the key to being successful and it is the first and most important job of a manager.

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