Counting the Cost for Hiring the Right Staff

| June 14, 2018

Jim Collins in his bestselling book Good to Great declared “you must have the right people on the bus.” The key to having the right people on the bus is to have the courage to drive the bus alone if necessary.  Until you are willing to walk alone you will never build a great staff because you will compromise to make sure someone is walking with you.  Great leaders demand greatness of others and are unwilling to sacrifice it just to have a crowd with them.  This was the key to Jesus’ ability to build the greatest franchise on earth: His church.

How do you model Jesus in recruiting for your own organization?  There are five basic principles to recruiting a devoted staff. However, before going over those principles let us first discuss the don’ts:

  • Never use compensation and benefits as the primary draw because its growing appetite will never be satisfied.
  • Do not demand of your staff something you are not willing to model yourself.
  • Do not be afraid to reward you team generously but don’t be manipulative. Give rewards out of love based on performance and results.

The five principles for recruiting an effective staff are:

  1. Calling – does this job fit in God’s overall purpose for his or her life? Make sure people are joining your organization out of a sense of calling, not primarily by his or her need for the job or compensation.
  2. Character – does he or she have the morals and integrity that align with your values?  Character is king and without it there is no foundation upon which to build.  This unfortunately does not automatically come with salvation.  Do not confuse being a Christian with having character.
  3. Competence – are they qualified for the position? No matter how great his or her character may be he or she must be competent.  You can teach some skills but they must have the basic ingredients.
  4. Aptitude – do they have the ability to grow with the position and the organization? Consider your vision. Where will you be in seven to ten years?  Can this person grow with you?
  5. Culture – Can they adhere to your values and keep up with the pace of the organization?  The wrong hiring decision can damage a corporate culture but the right hire can enhance it. Your culture is your DNA, it makes up the soul of the company.  It is the combination of all the intangibles that makes up who you really are.  Can this person fit in?  This requires great discernment and the input of other key stakeholders based on the position.  Get this one wrong and nothing else matters.

Topics like this and more will be addressed at the 4th annual Nehemiah Weekend-DMV July 12 – 14, 2018 in Leesburg, VA.  Our theme this year is “Activating the Next Generation”.  More information is available HERE.


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Email | Website | Patrice Tsague is a Christian business trainer, entrepreneur, international speaker, preacher, author, and business coach. Patrice specializes in helping families incorporate their faith into their business practices, ensuring that their businesses are able to exist beyond the third generation. Patrice is the co-founder and Chief Servant Officer of both Nehemiah Project International Ministries and PG & Associates, LLC. Patrice has trained and coached over 15,000 individuals on how to start or expand their businesses using business training and coaching principles found in the Bible. Patrice is the author of several books and training curriculums. He also publishes a weekly e-devotional and podcast for entrepreneurs and business executives that is released to over 4,000 individuals globally. He also serves on the board of several organizations. Patrice and his wife, Gina, have two beautiful children, Gabrielle and Danielle Tsague. The Tsague family resides in Vancouver, Washington.