One of the most significant milestones during our first two years was growing our team. When we decided to start our business, we knew that everything would need to be scalable and that we would grow over time at a pace that only our actual progress could determine.
In our first year, we made the decision to create two new jobs based upon what we learned during our first six months. Both positions were created around how we were actually operating as a business, rather than whatever our expectations may have been when we started, or what we were used to before that. Agreeing to make changes was fairly easy because we both were comfortable with growing into the progress that we could see. What was harder, was deciding how to take this next step.
For Z, a veteran small business owner with a track record of success working as a family owned and operated business, the idea of openly posting a job online was risky. She had doubts and fears, many of which were perfectly reasonable. Bringing in strangers, who we found on the internet, without the help of a hiring agency or a direct referral from a trusted source; it all sounded daunting to her. My perspective was different. To me, the prospect of writing and posting thoughtfully crafted job descriptions, including a clear articulation of our mission and philosophy, and putting it all out into the world for the right people to find us was exciting.
In all fairness, we were both right, and it was important that we reached a healthy compromise. We made a clear plan and laid out a process that we agreed to follow, step-by-step. We agreed to respect each other’s perspectives, and to remain transparent, especially if there was any disagreement. It was a perfect example of practicing what we preach when it comes to peacemaking.
It was also a demonstration of the “journey” being every bit as valuable as the “destination,” because we truly believe that our clarity of thought and commitment to our process created the space for us to be ourselves, authentically and unapologetically. This made a difference on multiple levels. Our job posting made it clear that we were looking to build a team that could continue to work together like a family. After all, we are a mother-daughter team, and embracing the unique dynamic of a female-led intergenerational law firm is part of our identity. We wanted to connect with people who would identify with us, and with our mission.