The Growing Your Team Podcast featuring Jamie Van Cuyk

The Growing Your Team Podcast with Jamie Van Cuyk is designed for small business owners seeking to grow their company with the help of team members.

Your time is limited, which means growing and leveraging teams is essential for business success.

The Growing Your Team Podcast is the place to learn tips and techniques designed to help you know when it’s the right time to hire, how to select perfect-fit team members, and how to maximize productivity while creating a positive work culture.

You’re stuck in the cycle of having enough work to be successful but not enough time to grow your business.

You know you need help but you’re not sure what help is best.

You need the three-part method for finding the right person who will save you time and earn you more by getting the right work off your plate.

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Ep27 – Three Ways To Avoid Discriminating In The Hiring Process

Ep27 – Three Ways To Avoid Discriminating In The Hiring Process

Did you know that black applicants receive 36% fewer calls for interviews than equally qualified white applicants?

Both are qualified to be invited to interview, but one is knocked out of the running simply because they are assumed black based on their name.

It’s not a fun statistic to hear, but it’s true. It’s also a statistic that has not changed in over 30 years!

​As business owners, we have the opportunity to change this statistic. We have an obligation to make hiring choices based on skills and abilities and not based on skin color.

​It’s not enough to simply not want to discriminate because too often, it happens in the subconscious. You have to consciously take the steps to not discriminate during the hiring process.

The question is, how do you do that? In this episode of the Growing Your Team Podcast, you’ll learn three ways to avoid discriminating in the hiring process.

Ep26 – How to Not Waste Your Money When Hiring a Virtual Assistant with Kristen Diaz

Ep26 – How to Not Waste Your Money When Hiring a Virtual Assistant with Kristen Diaz

Do you want to know one of the top hiring mistakes small business owners make? 

It’s not hiring the talent their business really needs. Typically, this is caused by jumping into hiring before organizing internal processes or evaluating where you really need help. 

Kristen Diaz is on a mission to stop this behavior. While she supports businesses as a Virtual Assitant, one of her passions is to help small business owners determine what type of help they need before starting the hiring process. If they end up needing her services, great! If not, she knows that she still provided them tremendous value. 

In this episode of the Growing Your Team podcast, Kristen is sharing her advice on how to know if it’s time to explore hiring your first Virtual Assistant, how to build remote relationships, and more. 

Ep25 – What if Your Business Changes & You Need to Fire an Employee?

Ep25 – What if Your Business Changes & You Need to Fire an Employee?

“But what if something happens and I have to fire an employee?”

Many small business owners have asked this question as they think about expanding their team. While their business is doing well now, they worry about the what-ifs.  

What if my current revenue trends don’t continue, and I cannot afford an employee?

What if there is a recession/downturn/force closure that impacts my industry, and I have to close my doors or reduce my staff?

What if I later decided to take my business down a different path and it impact who I need on my team?

While these questions show that you care about the people you hire, the reality is, we cannot predict if any of these what-ifs will ever happen. When you make your decisions based on what-ifs, you’re making your decisions based on fears and not your business needs. 

In this episode of the Growing Your Team Podcast, we are digging into this fear and what you should remember if you find yourself asking these questions when it’s time to hire a new team member.  

Ep24 – How to Make Sure All Team Members Feel Important and Motivated with Peter Masone

Ep24 – How to Make Sure All Team Members Feel Important and Motivated with Peter Masone

As you start to grow your team, you will notice that there are two types of team members within your business; those who work directly with your customers and those who function behind the scenes. Both are essential to moving your business forward and serving your clients, but the one set gets no external recognition because the customer doesn’t really know they are there.

However, as the business owner, you know that both types of team members are important to your company’s success and that the show cannot go on without either set. The question is, how do you ensure all team members feel valued and motivated?

Peter Masone is very familiar with this problem. From a background in theater and stage music, to 20 years in the construction industry, to now the General Manager of a sports team, the Tampa Bay Cannons, Peter knows how essential the behind-the-scenes team is to the final product. In this episode of the Growing Your Team podcast, Peter shares his tips on how to build a team from the ground up and how to keep all team members feeling like they are essential, no matter their role.

Ep23 – Why You Need to Ask Behavioral Interview Questions

Ep23 – Why You Need to Ask Behavioral Interview Questions

Are you asking the right kind of questions when you interview candidates for your open positions?

While there are many questions you can ask, there is one type of question that is essential to ask. That type of question is behavioral interview questions.

Listen to this episode of the Growing Your Team podcast to learn more about behavioral interview questions and why you’re putting yourself at risk when the majority of your interview questions don’t fall into this category. 

Ep22 – Making a Good First Impression with Video Interviews with Liz M. Lopez

Ep22 – Making a Good First Impression with Video Interviews with Liz M. Lopez

As a business owner, what are your first thoughts when you think of interviews?

If you’re like most business owners, one of the first things you think of when going through the process is finding the best candidate for your opening. You think of yourself interviewing others. 

However, interviews are a two-way street. Not only is the candidate making an impression on you, but you are also making an impression on the candidate. That first impression will impact whether they later accept a job offer, and what they will tell their network about your company – the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

In this episode of the Growing Your Team podcast, Liz M. Lopez shares how to make a good first impression from both a candidate’s perspective and an interviewer’s perspective. She is also sharing with us how to master video interviews so we can make great hiring decisions even when we can’t meet with a candidate face-to-face. 

Ep21 – Why You Need to Leave Your Feelings Out of the Hiring Process

Ep21 – Why You Need to Leave Your Feelings Out of the Hiring Process

Feelings and emotions tend to drive most of our decisions. However, when it comes to hiring team members, we need to avoid letting ourselves hire based on emotions.

When we let emotions lead our hiring decisions, we run the risk of hiring the wrong person. Hiring the wrong team member can lead to a waste of resources and the need to start the hiring process over again to find the right new hire.

Listen to this episode of the Growing Your Team podcast to learn who you need to leave your feelings out of the hiring process.

Ep20 – Why Employees Quit and How You Can Get Them To Stay with Francesca Deane

Ep20 – Why Employees Quit and How You Can Get Them To Stay with Francesca Deane

Like many small business owners, you were probably once an employee. And, chances are, you at one point felt undervalued and lost your motivation to keep working hard for your boss. 

Many of us have stories about why we left corporate and started our own business. For those of us who left because of a bad manager or leadership, we need to strive for one thing: to be the boss we wish we had. We have a choice about whether we show our team members that they are valued or whether we are the reason they quit. 

In this episode of the Growing Your Team podcast, Francesca Deane is sharing her story about what made her want to leave her corporate job and how you can do things better as a small business owner. 

Ep19 – Hiring Mindset Challenges That Are Impacting Your Bottom Line

Ep19 – Hiring Mindset Challenges That Are Impacting Your Bottom Line

Do you have hiring mindset challenges that are holding you back from adding the support you need to your small business?

If you do, you’re not alone. Too many businesses resist hiring even when their business is showing them that there is a need to add a new team member.

In this episode of the Growing Your Team podcast, you’ll hear about two of the most common mindset challenges that stop small businesses from moving forward with making hiring decisions and how they can cost your business. 

Ep18 –  Why Grateful Leaders Have Better Businesses with Jen McFarland

Ep18 – Why Grateful Leaders Have Better Businesses with Jen McFarland

There are many aspects of being a great leader. One part that we often don’t hear much about is gratitude leadership. Being a leader that shows you are grateful for your team and the work that they do can not only help you retain team members but also help you scale your business to the next level.

Leadership expert, Jen McFarland, shares with us why gratitude leadership is essential for business success, how you can apply it within your business, and how to best use your team to set and achieve strategic goals.

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You’re stuck in the cycle of having enough work to be successful but not enough time to grow your business.

You know you need help but you’re not sure what help is best.

You need the three-part method for finding the right person who will save you time and earn you more by getting the right work off your plate.