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How To Build A Team Of Self-Starters

Source | | Chris Myers

I consider myself a fairly even-keeled person, and it takes a lot to set me off. However, one thing that really makes me angry  is when people present problems, not solutions.

Anyone can point out the existence of a problem; that’s the easy part. The people who bring solutions to the table when addressing a problem are the people who really move the world forward.

Throughout my career, I’ve found that people fall into two categories: doers and complainers. On the most successful teams, the number of doers far exceeds the number of complainers.

The challenge for leaders, then, is to figure out how to attract, retain, and nurture self-starters. Here’s what I’ve learned.

Hire slow and fire fast

As I’ve mentioned before, “the best managers surround themselves with people they don’t have to manage.”

The best, if not only, way to do this is to hire slow and fire fast. This is far easier said than done.

Historically, I’ve done just the opposite. I tend to hire too quickly and avoid firing people at all costs. However, I’ve come to realize that this behavior is both cowardly and selfish.

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