September 29, 2016

The Science and Technology Sound Great—But Don’t Forget the People

I recently attended the RESI (Redefining Early Stage Investments) conference organized by Life Science Nation. The conference is a mix of investors and start-up firms looking to meet, make deals, and learn from each other. 

Although an investor conference may not seem the most logical place for a company that provides talent acquisition and consulting services, we certainly found an interest in our services from the attendees. Consistently this is what we heard:

From investors, we heard they’ve had more people failures than scientific failures. Investors place calculated bets on the viability of a business based not only on the quality of the product or service, but the people leading the venture. They must decide if the inherited leaders are the right fit.

From start-ups, we heard, “as we grow, we’re going to need help hiring people, and we need to make sure they are the right people for our culture and environment.” At a small company, culture is especially important. When hiring, start-ups must test for skill as well as fit in order to reduce turnover. With the right tools, a hiring process can account for growth while still communicating a unique culture.

We also heard start-ups explain, “It will be some time before we are ready to hire a dedicated HR resource, but it’s good to know that you can help us in the interim when we need some foundational support.”

As your organization grows, new challenges and needs are created every day. As a growing company, you’re focused on developing your core business. There comes a time in every organization when you realize you need someone who can handle the HR responsibilities in order to allow you to focus on business strategies. It’s important to hire an expert who knows not only HR, but also your industry.

The science and technology sound great—but don’t forget the people. The best innovations and businesses are only as great as the people behind them. 

Author
Mike Gamble

Mike doesn’t fit the typical “sales guy” mold. At first blush he might be the last person you’d expect but he’s the best person to lead business development. With a background in science, he knows the industry and our clients’ business from the inside. With a quiet demeanor he’s a great listener, capable of really hearing and understanding the problem that needs to be solved. Plus, like his deep-seated passion for his sports teams, Mike has an unyielding loyalty to the relationships he’s built over the years, always staying in touch and connected.

Mike’s extensive staffing background and even his sense of humor help him infuse different ways of looking at situations, welcomed by clients and colleagues looking for a creative, collaborative solution.

Mike has nearly 20 years of experience designing comprehensive talent acquisition solutions for leading healthcare and life science focused organizations. In his role, he is responsible for leading the sales effort across TSP’s full suite of offerings. Prior to TSP, Mike worked for Yoh, a leading staffing and workforce solutions organization where he held various leadership and sales executive positions. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Ursinus College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University.

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