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Two Types of Women Business Owners Respond to Hiring the Wrong Person

Two Types of Women Business Owners Respond to Hiring the Wrong Person

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In certain situations, a new hire just doesn’t fit the bill. Despite everyone’s best intentions during the hiring process, sometimes the poor fit doesn’t become obvious until a new team member actually starts working. Different business owners are bound to handle such a situation in different ways. This article details the different ways two types of female entrepreneurs may react when they’ve hired the wrong person.

In certain situations, a new hire just doesn’t fit the bill. Despite everyone’s best intentions during the hiring process, sometimes the poor fit doesn’t become obvious until a new team member actually starts working. Different business owners are bound to handle such a situation in different ways. This article details the different ways two types of female entrepreneurs may react when they’ve hired the wrong person.

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It seemed like a match made in heaven. The potential team member’s enthusiasm,experience, and promised dedication appeared to be a perfect fit for the team’sneeds. But once she got settled in, her enthusiasm was overbearing, her experiencebecame bossiness and her dedication was downright scary. It’s likely that everyfemale business owner will encounter a poor fit at some point – so how can shehandle it?A new study from Jane Out of the Box, an authority on women entrepreneurs,recently revealed there are five distinct types of women in business. Each ofthese five types has unique approach to running a business—and as a consequence,each of them has a unique combination of characteristics and factors. This articleprofiles two of the Jane “types” and the different ways they may handle hiring thewrong person on a team and all that comes with it.Jane Dough is an entrepreneur who enjoys running her business. She is comfortableand determined in marketing and sales, which may be why she’s five times morelikely than the average female business owner to hit the million dollar mark. JaneDough is clear in her priorities and may be intentionally and actively growing anasset-based or legacy business. It is estimated that 18% of women fall in thecategory of Jane Dough.For Jane Dough, business is business. So if a team member’s performance isnegatively affecting the success of her company, she’ll have no problemterminating the relationship – it’s purely business.Some things Jane Dough should think about:Walk in Their Shoes. We said business is business for Jane Dough, and wemeant it. But sometimes business is NOT just business for other people. So whenshe’s ready to cut the ties in her usual quick and deft manner, Jane Dough shouldwield those scissors gently in an effort to allow the team member in question tokeep her pride in tact.A Quick Check-Up. If something isn’t working, Jane Dough’s first reactionwill be to assume the person is at fault, rather than the system. Jane Doughtrusts systems, but sometimes they can have weak spots, which are exposed when anew team member is introduced. Jane Dough won’t know for sure if it’s the personor the system until she makes a thorough assessment of both.Take Five. Jane Dough often works so fast and efficiently that she mayoverlook someone’s long-term potential in favor of fixing a problem right NOW. Ifa recent hire doesn’t appear to be working out, Jane Dough should assess whetherputting a little time and energy into training this team member might pay off inthe long run. Rather than firing her on the spot and losing a longer-term asset,Jane Dough might be able to put in a little additional training time to gain aloyal team member and a long-term payout.Tenacity Jane is an entrepreneur with an undeniable passion for her business, butwho tends to be struggling with cash flow. As a result, she’s working longerhours, and making less money than she’d like. Nevertheless, Tenacity Jane is boundand determined to make her business a success. At 31% of women in business,Tenacity Janes are the largest single Jane type.As her name suggests, Tenacity Jane works as hard as she can to ensure things willwork out. Used to dealing with struggles, Tenacity Jane may react to hiring thewrong person by hunkering down and trying to weather the storm, like she does manyother challenges. More than anything, Tenacity Jane is determined, and she’s notgoing down without a fight.Weathering it Out, Or Not. Because she’s so determined for things to work,

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