Rice Report: What I’ve Learned From Growing A Team

Growing a team

I’ve recently been named to the Director of Human Resources for #Strella Social Media. As I’ve evolved from trainee to trainer in the organization, I’ve learned a few things along the way. Here are a few questions to consider to ensure your team is positioned for growth.

Do they fit your company culture and values? We share our core values and expectations with candidates, before hiring, so we can ensure they value what we value. You can’t kid yourself here. Without fail, any person who has not aligned with our values, has not made it on the team.

Are they trainable/coachable? It was our own executive coach who advised us that you can coach up or you can coach out. This is so true. We have spent years refining our processes and systems, but if someone doesn’t want to take the time to implement them – or if they cut corners – it’s like a crack in the foundation. To be coachable, the team must be open for constructive feedback and keep improving.

Do they want it? They have to want the role and they have to be willing to put their best foot forward. Unfortunately, a strong work ethic is not guaranteed. We’ve seen this with those who seem to have never-ending excuses. On this team, there is no room for complacency.

Can they work as a team? As they say, “there is no ‘I’ in team.” Everyone must contribute and respect opinions that are different from their own. I manage a team of independent contractors who have shown more collaboration than any of the employees we’ve hired in the past.  It’s truly gratifying to witness.

If I had a dollar for every time somebody told me to sit down and relax, I probably wouldn’t have to work. That is something I pride myself on because I cannot shut my brain off and that has helped me thrive in my role.  I am wired to lead, but I’m also humble enough to not boast about it.

I believe leading is learning – and I am constantly learning in this role! What other questions should we consider as we grow?


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