Hiring? Rethink The Skills of Great WISP Team Players

by | Oct 30, 2018

Ensure your next employee has the characteristics to gel with your team and contribute to your WISP’s success.

When it’s time to bring on a new team member, of course, you’ll look at whether they can do the tasks required for the job. And, you’re going to check out their work history to ensure they have a track record of being responsible and not jumping ship too often. But, today’s WISPs require more. The nature of the industry requires individuals who are willing to “own” their responsibilities, are accountable and want to contribute to your WISP’s profitability, no matter what their job.

Soft skills such as effective communication, agility and creative problem-solving are essential in fast-paced workplaces. Plus, you must ensure they have the ability to adhere to proven business principles to support your WISP’s success.

The Only 3 Ways to Grow

It’s not necessary for a great candidate to know these principles, but they must be open to learning them. “The Only 3 Ways to Grow” is a business principle that positions a WISP for amazing growth.  
The principle was introduced by Jay Abraham and takes the complexity out of business growth and success by simplifying it into three steps:

  1. Increase the number of clients — get more prospects to be paying customers
  2. Increase their average transaction
  3. Increase the length of time they remain your customer

In the WISP world, it’s:

  1. Get more subscribers
  2. Get subscribers to buy more services
  3. Get subscribers to stay with your WISP longer

Each staff member contributes to one or more of these steps through a commitment to providing the best possible service, no matter what their role. If your field techs focus on a complete, efficient install or repair each time, you’ll have happier subscribers who are willing to stay with you longer because of your great service.

LEAN Methodology Reduces Waste and Increases Efficiency

Three Ways to Grow is only one part of the equation — integrating LEAN methodology into your operations accelerates efficiency, reduces wasted time and advocates that business processes instill continual improvement. The strategy was first implemented in the Toyota Manufacturing plant and has since been embraced by businesses of all kinds. 
If you’re not familiar with the LEAN Six Sigma concept, learn about it and how to integrate Lean into your WISP with this article: Review Lean Wisdom: 7 Steps to Reduce Waste and Costs
The biggest value of LEAN thinking is it removes barriers to growth by giving you back the time you need to work on innovation and expansion of the business. If you hire professionals who think about how to improve your business as part of their jobs, you’ll have more time to spend on success strategies. 
If you’d like more information on hiring staff, check out our next post on “killer” interview questions and how they uncover hidden skills — and potential problems.
(Special thanks to Raw Pixel of Unsplash.com for providing the photo for this article.)


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