You know that feeling when you’re on borrowed time? Well, I’ve felt that way for about a year now when it came to having help for my coaching business. Year before last I had a great assistant who did more than “assist” me; she pushed me to see and create things that I may never have done on my own. I am forever grateful for Ashlee! And then, destiny called and she was offered the job of her dreams and off she went to follow the yellow brick road.
Because I am #blessed, I had my right and left hand, Jazzy, to step in and stand in the gap. For about a year, she juggled this workload for me on top of all of her other responsibilities. It was great because of how close we are how well she knows me and my M.O. But guess what happened a few months ago? Yup, destiny called again and Jazzy was off to pursue a new chapter in her story.
And that’s when sh*t got real.
I had been ignoring the inevitable and therefore not preparing for it. So, here I was, help-less (literally) and scrambling to keep all of the balls in the air while figuring out my next move. Luckily someone else that I am lucky to have on my team was able to send several referrals my way for virtual assistants. Between those and some other acquaintances of mine, I was able to interview 6 different candidates for the role. They all had a variety of experience and qualities that they brought to the table, and I was able to narrow the decision down to two.
But here was the question: Hire the one with the most experience but whose personality didn’t really connect with mine, although she was perfectly nice; or hire the one who was fairly green but whose good energy I could sense through the phone?
I mulled this over and over and asked friends and colleagues their opinion. This was a big decision as I want someone to be with me for the long haul and I become very attached to whom I’m working with. I also didn’t want to be naive about it and to make the right choice, business-wise. But in the end, I went with my instinct – it’s carried me this far, and I’ve been able to trust my gut more often than not.
I remembered hearing at a conference once: “Hire for attitude, train for skill.” And so I did. I ended up going with the one who has only been working in this capacity for under two years. But there was just something about her personality and spirit that made me feel at ease. She is high-energy, and a self-proclaimed fast learner. Also, her somewhat limited experience is in exactly the area that I need. I’m feeling good about this new addition to my support team, and thankful that my intuition strengthens with each decision that I make.
Whereas I used to see it as a vulnerability, using my heart in my business is something that I now proud to put first.