Lesson 1: Get addicted to skills not individuals

I spent the last 14 months working in the Republic of  Benin on a solution for Black women's hair . I would like to share what I learnt when starting a new venture in a French-speaking country in Africa after having spent 10 years in an English speaking country.  Here is the first lesson of a series of 10. 

When starting a new adventure, you will need allies and a team. The progress of your business will also depend on how quickly you stop pulling individuals who are not motivated to contribute and how quickly you find people who are willing to contribute. You need to train yourself to remember that people come and go. Do not get attached too quickly to people. Get attached and addicted to the skills you need NOT to individuals. 

This way of thinking will save you time, and will help to remain focused when things do not progress as you wish. It will frame your mind to put in place recruitment strategies to find skills rather than individuals.

If you focus on skills rather than individuals, you will be able to create high-performing teams and take tough decisions you have been postponing for so long which are affecting your business.  Do not hesitate to refer to the terms of references and the objectives set at the beginning if you hired a family member who did not deliver. Do not hesitate to terminate a contract with a very good friend who is late for the 3rd time on a deliverable. It's your business, your vision, your sacrifices and more importantly the solution you are trying to create that you are wasting by not doing so.

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