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Finding Your Unicorn: How to Hire the Right Person #48

Do you know how to hire the right person? We are all looking for a unicorn, that perfect person to help you with all of your needs. You know they must be out there, but how do you find the right person for the job and then keep them on? Hiring and retaining good people is a huge struggle for all business owners. If you struggle with finding the right help for your business, you’ll want to listen to episode 48 of My Biz Bestie as Maelisa and Amber share useful tips on how to hire the right person to meet all of your needs.


How to hire the right person (or find your unicorn)


Do you keep hiring people that don’t end up being a good fit? Are you sick of interviewing people that don’t have the skills you are looking for? Try to envision the perfect person. Think of their abilities, their personality, their skills. This is your unicorn. If you could find that perfect person, what would they be like? Define your unicorn. Before you even begin the hiring process write down all the characteristics that your unicorn should have. Once you have all of this written down then you can come up with the right job description.

Get creative


Get creative in the way you look for your unicorn. One of the benefits of having your own business is that you can get creative in the way that you look for a job candidate. You’re not a corporation, so use your company’s unique characteristics in your job description to let potential candidates get a feel for your company culture. You can come up with a catchy job title and create a detailed process in which people respond to the job application. This creativity does an amazing job of weeding out candidates that don’t fit your criteria. Remember, you’re not looking for someone to just cover the bare basics. You want to find someone who can do all the tasks you need and who understands your company culture. What creative ideas have you implemented in your search to hire the right person?

Clarity is key to finding your unicorn


If you are trying to find the perfect employee then you have to be absolutely clear about what you need. Be clear about your expectations, in your instructions during the application process, and come up with a well-defined interview process. Creating an entire system around the hiring process will narrow the broad field of applicants and help you discover your unicorn. What have you done to clarify your application process to help you find the right person for the job?


Interview strategies you can use


There are different interview strategies that you can use to help you hone in on the right person. Amber uses a multi-step hiring process to help her find the right people. After the initial job application, her assistant conducts a phone interview to ensure that the candidates have the qualifications that she is looking for. She then conducts a somewhat informal face to face interview which is followed by a more detailed interview where she can really assess the potential employee’s skills. What is your interview process like? Listen to this episode to hear tips on how to hire the right person for the job.

In this episode...

  • [2:12] How to find your unicorn

  • [4:38] Get creative in the way you look for your ideal candidate

  • [8:18] Money mindset can be a barrier to hiring

  • [11:08] Clarity in the job description is so important

  • [16:22] Structure in the interview process can make the candidate search a breeze

  • [20:43] How to create the right interview questions

  • [31:26] Go with your gut

  • [35:48] Define your unicorn

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How to Use the Enneagram in Relationships with Chrissie Wywrot #46

Do you know how to use the Enneagram in relationships? Amber and Maelisa love how much personality tests can help people learn about themselves and interact with others. Enneagram expert, Chrissie Wywrot joins the My Biz Bestie podcast to discuss this fascinating ancient tool that can help you discover more about yourself and others that are close to you. Find out more about the Enneagram and how you can use it to improve your relationships in both your personal life and in your professional life on this episode of My Biz Bestie.

What is the Enneagram?

The Enneagram actually dates back thousands of years and has been interpreted by many different people. Many think it is a personality test, but it is less about personality and more about how people are hard-wired. The Enneagram helps people understand what the ego wants and what people show to the world. There are 9 different types that are divided into 3 tri-types. The 3 tri-types are focused on the head space, the gut space, and the heart space. Discover how the Enneagram can help you bring about self-awareness.

What are the different Enneagram types?

There are 9 Enneagram types divided into a circle. Number 1 is internally focused and often hard on herself. 2’s are helpers who love to lift up others. 3’s are success-driven and often charismatic leaders. People with type 4 have great idealistic visions and strong feelings. Intellectuals with social phobias are often number 5. Type 6 includes helpers that tend toward anxiety. 7’s are thinkers that are externally focused. Do you know a leader that tends to be a bit aggressive? They may be an 8. People that hate conflict are often 9’s. Listen to this episode to see if you can discover which Enneagram type you are.

What leads to the differences between people with the same number?

You may be thinking, how can these 9 different personality types describe everyone in the world. Well, the magical thing about the Enneagram is the way the types connect with the other numbers. There are many components that go along with people’s personalities and their Enneagram numbers. The numbers on either side of your Enneagram number are called the wings and the relationships across from your number are the arrows. Do you know your Enneagram number? How do you use it to better your relationships?

Discover how to use the Enneagram in relationships

Learning the Enneagram is an incredible journey in self-awareness. The numbers aren’t simply personality types but ways to understand how to manage your natural tendencies. Learning your number and that of those close to you is a great way to begin to use the Enneagram in relationships. It is a journey to figure it out and how you can grow and change as a person. Are you looking to understand why you do what you do or how you can relate to others? Find out how to use the Enneagram to improve your relationships on this episode of My Biz Bestie.

In this episode...

  • [3:12] What is the Enneagram?

  • [5:03] What are the different Enneagram types?

  • [12:01] There are 9 levels of health within each number

  • [16:22] What leads to the differences between people with the same number?

  • [23:54] Learning the Enneagram is a great way to understand relationships

  • [32:47] How can people learn more about the Enneagram?

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How to Deal with Perfectionism in Your Life and Business #44

Learn how to deal with perfectionism on this episode of My Biz Bestie. Do you struggle as a perfectionist? Amber is a recovering perfectionist, and although she claims that she has zero f***s to give, occasionally her perfectionist tendencies get the better of her. You can be a perfectionist and learn how to not have everything perfect 100% of the time. On this episode, you will learn helpful tips on how to deal with perfectionism and strategies you can use to improve your work and yourself.

There is a fine line between professional looking work and being perfect

Even if you struggle with perfectionism you can still appreciate something that looks professional and polished and you can learn to accept that it is not perfect. However just because something isn’t perfect doesn’t mean that it is unprofessional. Your work should still continue to be good. What is important is that the content is excellent but it is ok if the packaging needs a bit of a shine. If you feel overwhelmed, hiring someone to do something to help out is a great way to eliminate the pressure of being overworked. Where do you draw the line between perfectionism and professional?

Timing is everything

We all have times of day when we are at our optimal performance. When is yours? It is important to know when you are not going to be your best and make sure that you don’t schedule important work during this time. It feels awful when you don’t present your best work to the world. One way to ensure that you are working on something during your best time is to prioritize and decide what you need to focus on during different times of the day. How do you deal with scheduling your work? Listen to this episode to hear how knowing your optimal time of day can help you do your best work.

How to deal with perfectionism when you are also a procrastinator

There is a terrible paradox that perfectionists frequently procrastinate. This is due to the fact that they are worried that they won’t do their best work so they keep putting things off and they end up sabotaging themselves. When you don’t give yourself time to truly prepare then you certainly don’t do your best work. There are some things that you can do your best work at the last minute, but there are other things that need plenty of preparation. This is when it is important to prioritize your time and decide what you need to focus on. Sometimes you can’t just power through and get things done. There are some projects that won’t wait until the last minute. Let us know how you deal with your perfectionism in the comments!

Do you let self-talk bring you down?

One area that is the most challenging for the perfectionist is self-talk. If a perfectionist misses a deadline or does less than optimal work then they can beat themselves up. Rather than beating yourself up over something that was less than perfect, think about how you could have done better. Learn how to set yourself up for success the next time. There is no shame in not doing your best work, just try and learn from your mistake and move forward. You can use your inner circle or biz bestie to help give you honest feedback so that you can learn from your mistake.

In this episode...

  • [1:12] There is a fine line between perfectionism and having it look professional

  • [6:04] Know when you are not going to be your best

  • [10:22] Perfectionists are often procrastinators

  • [14:44] Know your optimal times of day

  • [18:44] Are you letting self-talk bring you down?

  • [21:42] Timing matters

  • [25:33] Having a community can help

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How to Cope with Entrepreneur Depression and Mental Health Disorders #40

Entrepreneurship and mental health disorders can go hand-in-hand. The truth is that entrepreneurs have a tendency to believe that everyone else is doing just fine and that they are the only ones struggling. But that’s just not true. Mental health conditions affect so many entrepreneurs, their issues can range from ADHD, to anxiety, to depression. Entrepreneur depression can be exacerbated by the isolation that comes with entrepreneurship. If you or someone you know struggles with mental health issues listen to this episode to learn more about how to cope.

Half of entrepreneurs say that they have at least one mental health condition

Many entrepreneurs deal with depression and anxiety. These two conditions can be seen as two sides to the same coin. Anxiety impacts how you focus on the future and depression can have you focused too much on the past. Entrepreneur depression can be exacerbated by the seeming isolation of entrepreneurship. But the truth is that there are so many entrepreneurs dealing with depression and a range of other mental health issues. So if you think you are the only one, please know that you are not alone!

TWEET THIS: Half of #entrepreneurs say that they have at least one mental health conditions, so if you think you are the only one, please know that you are not alone!

Many entrepreneurs overcompensate for their weaknesses

After being told your whole life that you are lazy or that your issues are just in your head, many decide to prove to the world just how hard they can work. While having a strong work ethic is a wonderful trait, many with ADHD become workaholics and/or perfectionists to compensate for their perceived laziness. Maelisa ended up turning her weakness of being disorganized into a strength by learning organizational skills. She then took it a step further and created a business out of it. Have you found that you overcompensate for a weakness?

Acknowledge that you have a weakness then learn how to manage it

So you’re no superhero. This is not news. Having a weakness is okay! Take a page from the addiction handbook and first acknowledge that you have a problem. The next step is to figure out how to deal with it. What is it you really need? Do you need time management? A team to delegate tasks to? Do you need to see a therapist? Ask a friend for a recommendation. Should you be managing your condition with medication? Do whatever it is that you need to do to care for yourself. Listen to this episode to help you think about your conditions and discover the best solution that works for you.

If you give your business everything than you won’t have anything left for the rest of your life

Having clear boundaries between work and home life can be tricky for the entrepreneur that works from home, but it is an important step in creating a healthy work/life balance. It is easy to associate your business’s success or failure with your own worth. It's hard to manage passion and focus while separating yourself from your business’s success or failure. With high achieving personality then you feel like you must do it all. How do you make time for your hobbies, family, and relationships alongside your business? Listen to this episode to get ideas on how to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

In this episode...

  • [2:12] Half of entrepreneurs say that they have at least one mental health condition

  • [6:20] Many overcompensate for their weaknesses

  • [9:53] Admit that you have a problem and that you must care for it

  • [12:47] You have to have a safe network to share your vulnerability

  • [16:49] Money is our biggest metric to measure success

  • [19:36] If you give your business everything than you won’t have anything left for the rest of your life

  • [26:58] If you are genuinely struggling with mental health issues see a professional

Resources & People Mentioned

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