Your Best Manager

Hi, my name is Jamie Newman. I made a career out of helping companies hire people. Then, after 8 years, I decided to walk away from my corporate job to do something a little different. Instead of helping companies hire people, now I help managers lead people. Of course, as you well know, leadership is more than just making great hiring decisions… so I knew I’d need some help. That’s where this podcast comes in. On the Your Best Manager podcast, I get to interview and learn from some of the top minds in leadership and people development (Marshall Goldsmith, Lolly Daskal, and Barry Posner to name a few). And that’s not all! You see, the best part of all this is that you get to learn with me!
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Mar 27, 2017

We're talking today about when to hire. How to make the decision to hire someone and what to do before you even think of posting a job ad or clearing your schedule for interviews. It’s not as sexy as recruiting and hiring, but if you are someone who loves planning… well, maybe this is even sexier than recruiting, who knows!?

Show Notes:

Here’s the thing. Hiring someone isn’t cheap, it isn’t easy, and it doesn’t always make your problems go away.

But when your team is falling behind and when opportunities seem just out of reach, hiring someone can seem like a quick fix and just the thing you need!

As a manager, though, it’s not just your job to manage the people you have. It’s also your job to make good decisions about when, how, and who to bring onto your team.

So to help you with this decision-making process, I’m going to present 10 questions that you should ask before you make the decision to bring on a new employee.

These are the questions that the best managers answer before they even think about their recruiting strategy. These are the questions that when they aren’t answered lead to SO MUCH wasted time and sometimes… well, often, wasted money. You miss these questions, you could actually hurt your business and your team.

Here are the questions:

  1. What’s the business problem?
  2. What happens if this business problem is not addressed?
  3. Am I getting the most out of my team?
  4. What would I do if I couldn’t hire someone new?
  5. If I already had the person I want, what would they be doing right now?
  6. Who will train this person?
  7. How long can I wait?
  8. How much will this cost?
  9. What options do I have internally?
  10. What options do I have externally?

Download this list as a PDF checklist with space for notes!