DevReady PodcastHow to Build High-Performance Start-up Teams with Nicola Steel – Episode 67 – DevReady Podcast

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On this episode of the DevReady Podcast, Andrew and Anthony speak with Nicola Steel, IT recruiting expert and founder of JJP Talent Solutions. During the conversation, Nicola shares her knowledge about how to bring your talent scouting resources in-house to build high-performing teams.

“You don’t all have to be unicorns”. – Nicola Steel

At the heart of building good teams are the people themselves. In order to build a high performing team, you need to attract high performing people. But what a lot of companies get wrong is that they don’t have their own values nailed down first.

The best teams are driven by values and principles, so you must design the values of the company as early as possible. If you have the foundation of principled people, your teams will be set up for success. Nicola believes in the power of a people-first attitude. When companies place the emphasis on their own people first and their fears, their personalities, their strength, they will be much more capable of guiding their teams through to victory.

The profits of a successful company will inevitably come, she says, but you must first consider who your employees are. Seeing them as individuals and valuing their humanity can help you to establish trust, bolster pride in the company, and lead them through hardships into high performance. As she says over again: it’s all about the people.

“The most important thing is building a culture around people.” – Andrew Romeo

Topics Covered

● How High-performing teams are values-driven.

● Why being people-first is better than numbers first.

● Creating psychological safety.

● How to celebrate wins as a team.

● Why remote work needs to be looked at on an individual basis.

● The rise of Zoom fatigue.