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            Teach Me to Fish
The importance of mentoring in the growth of your business.
ASHLEY S. RUSSO
PRESIDENT, ASR MEDIA PRODUCTIONS
You came up with a great idea. You built your business. You hired the right team. Now what? You build them up. Every. Single. Day.
  Hire for Attitude
Hire people who work hard, are passionate about the field, and are genuinely interested, personable and kind. Find the characteristics you cannot teach and then focus on teaching the skills needed to do the job. Of course, do not ignore the technical skills required, but do not over- look someone awesome because they haven’t learned one particular computer program yet. Helping someone grow into their potential is an extremely rewarding experi- ence that motivates an entire team!
Offer Training
Onboarding, a new team member, is vitally important to the success they find in your organization. Taking the time to train each person in his or her respective roles prop-
erly can take a lot of time, but you get back what you put in. Invest up front by making yourself available for ques- tions and feedback. Schedule meetings for the one week, one month, three month and six-month marks. Be open to suggestions and make improvements where needed. Consider online courses and training options to help your team improve their skills. This will also let them know you value them and support their professional endeavors.
Manage Up
Encourage team members to support one another. Set reasonable expectations that allow everyone to under- stand their job as well as the responsibilities they have to the team at large. Set up regular team meetings that cre- ate accountability. Start meetings with positive feedback and give each person the chance to share a victory they
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