Katie and I have worked together for two and a half years now and as we started to define our roles in the company, we took a look at what each of our strengths are and what we were most passionate about. This gave us an outline of areas we could each focus on that we knew we could be most efficient in, and let’s be honest, would enjoy doing! As we’ve started to grow the business, we take the same approach in asking people to join our team.
When hiring people, the standard approach is to post a job listing, review the applications that come in to narrow down to a few for the first round of interviews via phone, which then separates those who will move forward for in-person interviews. The entire process can take weeks and sometimes months and that’s before you get to making an offer and negotiations. We take a much different approach.
Everyone who has worked with us has reached out to us directly or has been introduced to us. When these interactions happen, we set up a phone call, if the person is not in our area, or schedule a meeting. We always ask about past event experience, but then we dive a little deeper asking what the person likes most about events. This part is usually easy for them to answer and we often pick up on their passion for that area. Then we ask what they like least about events. The responses vary, but to us, is just as important to know as what they are passionate about.
We try as much as possible to ensure our team is managing areas they love working on. We believe this results in much better work and a happier team! To understand what each person DOESN’T enjoy helps us to find someone else to manage that part of the project. If someone is struggling with a task, we will ask if there’s something we can help them with, whether it’s working with them to understand how to approach the task or maybe they are at capacity and we need to step in to help.
Each person on our team takes the Strengths Finder 2.0 online assessment and shares their results with us. This is yet another tool for us to understand the best way to utilize our team to MAXIMIZE on results! As a sidenote, my top strength is Maximizer. Strengths Finder is a book by Tom Rath which asks the question
Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?
At Reinventing Events, we want our team to have this opportunity every day! It is so helpful for us to understand what each persons natural strengths are and it’s so beneficial for each of them to know these areas as well.
Most of our team has done other assessments like Myers-Briggs, but the Clifton’s Strengthsfinder assessment offers a much more personal insight. Katie’s results and mine overlapped with one of our themes, both listed in the #5 spot for each of us. As we reviewed the Personalized Strengths Insights report, we realized the information listed was different for each of us as it was customized based on our entire strengths profile of all five strengths.
To give you an opportunity to learn more about our team, we’re kicking off a blog series to highlight each person and their specific Strengths Finder themes. Stay tuned to hear from each of us about how we use our strengths in event production!
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