Derek Sidebottom

Screen for the Team

TBOP2017 ⋅ 1:45 ⋅ Filmed May 11, 2017

In this quick clip, HR expert Derek Sidebottom shares his fifth and final piece of advice for entrepreneurs and business leaders on how to hire a fantastic squad that will help scale the business. Who you hire can have a huge affect on your entire team — and your business. It affects everything, so you should make your hiring decisions with that in mind. Let Derek teach you how to screen for the team.

Further Reading

The Five Dysfunctions of A Team by Patrick Lencioni


There's a wonderful fifth resource called, The Five Dysfunctions of A Team. It is absolutely mandatory reading for anyone, any entrepreneur who's starting out and building an organization.

[00:11] It's this idea of, you've added people to the organization, you've got your goals clarified, you know what the results should look like but, if you don't have trust, you don't know what to fight and don't have commitment, you don't have a team and you're not going to get your things done. You actually need to tend to this.

[00:34] You have to think about, before I hire that next person into my team, what is the impact they're going to have on the mix that I have? What holes do I have on this team already? How would I be able to maybe increase trust? Or avoid more conflict or solve more conflict by adding different voices to my table? It's your job when you're recruiting.

[00:56] So for my friends at Pied Piper, I would tell them what's missing? And of course, I look at this group and right away I think to myself, that's five guys.There's needs to be a lot more diversity on this team to be successful. Or to work through conflict and to build trust, I think diverse teams are by far, strong teams so I enjoy picking on this example. Fix the dysfunction, the talent can see it. Diverse over homogeneity. Who you hire affects everything.

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