How to Hire Leaders in a Changing World?

The world today is very different from what it used to be.

The pandemic has profoundly impacted our everyday life and how we work and view business priorities. These changes are trickling down throughout society and can be seen in evolving consumer desires and needs. These, in turn, have altered the leadership characteristics required to steer businesses through today’s tumultuous economic waters successfully.

What does this mean?

It means more than just an opportunity to work from home in the comfort of your pajamas.

COVID-19 has taken a significant mental toll on people everywhere. Perhaps your usually high-functioning manager has been affected.

Have they started to struggle?

Are they having a hard time meeting deadlines?

Do they seem disengaged?

Has their work just fallen off?

All of these are hard to avoid in the times we’re currently going through.

The problem is, this impacts both you and your organization.

Ask yourself – do you find yourself spending more and more time helping your leaders? Are you lying in bed awake at night, worrying about how you’re going to make payroll, pay bills, and pay suppliers? Or are you lying awake wondering how you’re going to fill orders tomorrow or have the products you need to fulfill orders?

It’s time to take another look at your organizational structure and how you hire leaders and fill roles in your company.

There are three defining characteristics of a thriving business team – quality, ingenuity, and mindset. These start at the head (aka your leadership team) and permeate the body of the organization. Positioning people in roles that accentuate their strengths and align with the company’s objectives is imperative to highlight these characteristics – and that means hiring leaders that can shine in these positions.

Significant and swift cultural changes can shift business paradigms seemingly overnight, and this may demand that leaders pivot and regroup at a moment’s notice.

If you haven’t had to deal with this yet, have you made sure you’re ready for it?

Changing environmental factors, consumer habits, and technology advances can impact the business world with devastating effects. To name a few, think of what Netflix did to Blockbuster or Amazon’s impact on Barnes and Noble. Shifting consumer behavior can transform industries’ faces and render certain business models extinct without a shred of remorse.

Today’s leaders must have a finger on the pulse of popular culture, branding, and social media to connect with their target audiences. It’s paramount that they create engaging content to tell their company’s story in meaningful and authentic ways. It’s all about building a community and creating an experience while maintaining the traditional quid-pro-quo exchange.

More and more, consumers are choosing brands that align with their morals and fundamentals. In fact, one could argue that what you stand for as a brand has become almost more important than your actual trade, services, or products.

So, how do you hire leaders and build teams to navigate these unprecedented times? It may be a challenge, and it may or may not be the right time to disrupt the status quo, but with the right guidance, you’ll be filling roles in no time. It’s time to ditch old-fashioned job boards that waste your time and hire the top talent your organization deserves.

We can help you diagnose your business and understand some of the different strategies you can employ to alleviate the pressure that brought you here today. Our webinar <Click here> helps you take a phased approach to optimize your business and learn how to hire leaders and build the strongest team possible. We take you through the proper steps, from identifying your problem to creating a clear blueprint, establishing proper responsibilities and communication lines.

About the Author

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Corey Harlock – Principal, Key Hire

Corey is currently the Principal Consultant of Key Hire Team Building Solutions, the only solution on the market that helps Small Business Owners focus on Positions, People and, Process so they can enjoy a stable, growing business and balanced life.

He is a driven consultant, teacher, keynote speaker, and three-time business founder. After shutting down his Recruiting Agency HRN in Canada to move to Houston, Texas, Corey realized that the vast majority of businesses and business owners were severely underserviced and, in some cases, completely ignored. So, he created and launched a company with a mission of helping small and mid-market business owners. He has authored dozens of articles on team building, talent acquisition, and the power of Building High-Impact Teams for growing companies.

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