My husband used to tell me that as one of five children growing up, there was always at least one sibling you were friends with, even if you were fighting with the others. The same is true of companies. In a large company, personality conflicts can occur but you can often (although not always) work with other people. In a small company, there aren’t as many opportunities to avoid those you clash with personality wise.
I was interviewing candidates to fill a position in another company I run and realized how important it was that the personalities match. Although we would seldom all be in the room at the same time, it would be important for us all to have the same vision for the growth of the company. We have a lot invested and to bring someone new in is a step that would have to be made very carefully.
My business style is pretty relaxed in terms of layers of management. The idea of being am employer, or “boss”, is a relatively new concept for me. I prefer working with people, even if ultimately I am responsible for hiring and firing. I recognize that any employees we have will most certainly possess more technical knowledge than I do. That is okay. I need to know how the run the business, not necessarily know how to do every job (although that would help). I do, however, need to know that I can trust that my employees not only know how to do their job but can do it with a high level of expertise.
Here is where the right partnership is so important. There is a certain degree of trust implicit in every business relationship. Since our business relies on expert service, as the owner, it will reflect badly on me if the people I hire aren’t up for the job.
Can you hire the wrong people? Certainly. It happens all the time. But if you take the time to perform due diligence on both sides, the chances for a successful partnership increase dramatically. And when you have the right business partnership, something special happens. Success starts looking for you and, with luck, finds you too.