Choosing Your Partner in the Workplace


by Dave Miller

You can’t choose your family but you can choose who you work with. What are the characteristics to look for in a person before hiring or partnering with?

I am in hiring mode. I need a key employee. What do I look for? Where do I start?

Most people will say “I want a hard worker” and stop at that. Is that all? I’ve heard people described as “hard-working guy”. Am I looking to hire that guy?

Quickly I say I want more than that. But what characteristics am I in search of?

I need to look at my own key values. Most days go by without really thinking about core values. They are just there. So I made a list of values that are pertinent. I’m sure there are more that have immense value and this compiling just scratches the surface. Even if it is not as in-depth as it could be it is a colossal step in the right direction.

  • Competence – The ability to something well even if experience in this field is limited. Does he have aptitude? If he does then it’s just a matter of training him in this specific field.
  • Christian – You are either walking in the light or you are working for the kingdom of darkness. I’ll take light over darkness any day.
  • Honesty, Integrity, Trustworthy – Do I need to explain this one? It would be just plain brainless to trust someone you don’t trust.
  • Empathy – Empathy is not sympathy. Empathy is someone who can hear you, or your customers, out and try to help. It is not a crying bleeding heart.
  • Friendly – Everyone likes a friendly person. Co-workers want to be around a happy person. Customers like a friendly voice on the phone.
  • Open minded – Having an open mind is essential to growing and expanding. Here’s a quote I’ve heard, “Keep your mind open, you’ll be surprise what will drop in”. I want to be open to change and my employees and partners likewise.

I also look at my short-comings. I am looking for someone who is better than me in the areas I am lacking. I believe you should always hire someone better than yourself, if you don’t you will become your own ceiling.

  • Closer – I am the visionary type, big picture thinker, a starter. I love new ideas and can’t get them started fast enough. But then I fall short, I’m not a closer. A person that finds fulfillment in finishing would make a great teammate. My brother-in-law worked for me for 4 years, I was a starter and he the finisher, and we pushed each other. Things got done.
  • Detail oriented – Someone that pays attention to detail. If it’s a long drawn-out detail oriented project I will get bogged down.

They say you become what you surround yourself with. Be careful in your choosing. Be very careful.

For ways to attract people read 12 Ways to Attract a Client. The same rules apply to chosing a partner.

When you choose your friends, don’t be short-changed by choosing personality over character. – W. Somerset Maugham
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