A tough situation that all business owners experience is having staff that is better and more qualified than them. As a business owner, you need to be able to recognize that everyone has different skill sets, which is essential for business growth. We will explore in a recent video from Ed Hansen, founder of Hansen Lawn & Garden, about mentorship and how to not feel threatened by your staff members’ expertise.
Embrace Different Skills Sets
At Hansen Lawn & Garden., we are committed to hiring staff that will help our company be a leader in the landscaping industry. We want to ensure that we provide mentorship, and we want to see our staff continuously evolve in their skill set. It is important to accept that not everyone can be an expert at everything, and that is okay. Having staff members that are experts in their subject matter should not be a threatening factor; rather, it should be beneficial for company evolution.
Having a different staff skill set is important in the landscaping industry as it is constantly changing in all of its different facets. Being able to expand your company’s knowledge and take the time to show them the ropes is key. Great leaders grow other leaders — making this a company domino effect of mentorship.
If your employees are interested in learning a new skill, help them team up with other mentors who have experience in the subject matter. One of the best ways to learn is through peer mentorship. An example of this was some of our team members came forward and proposed to put together a social committee to try to build a better community within our company. We thought to ourselves that this committee idea had already been proposed and failed, so why should we try again? You realize that everyone learning growth and skills grow at their own pace and they will eventually become experts at what they do.
The Three Creation Aspects
If you’re creating a culture, creating a team and creating an environment is what truly builds success. You want your team members to learn from their mentors and eventually handle things on their own and become experts. Everyone has their own way of learning and working, but at the end of the day, you just need to effectively get the job done and satisfy the customer. This might seem easier said than done, but by having experienced staff teach new staff on the best approach is a great start. Allow your staff to have freedom for them to find what method works best for them to accomplish the given task.
Continue to expand and develop your staff skill set and helping them become experts- this will add value to your company. Apply today at Hansen Lawn & Garden, join an award-winning team and let’s build your future together!