Watching a start-up flourish is truly rewarding. I think we can all agree that life is better when it’s less of a struggle!

I’ve had the privilege of attending numerous ‘strategy meetings’ with prospects and future clients and it’s always insightful. It’s interesting to note who the owners invite from their team, and it’s never a surprise when the non-management staff offer the best ideas and sharpest vision on their future. 

I actually think it’s a good idea to exclude management at the first strategy meeting, and also remember that a ‘strategy’ is not the responsibility of the managers exclusively.When reviewing recruitment technology and defining the requirement, I’ve always found that those recruitment businesses that are inclusive and collaborative in their technology discussions, and embrace the passion, suggestions and insights of their staff perform best, in today’s uber-competitive recruitment world. Put simply, get everyone involved when painting the picture and strategising the future and how it looks – not everyone will agree.I’ve found that the recruiter with the hands-on experience, the contacts, the relationships and vision for a better future, often makes tomorrow’s recruitment leaders, and they’re the ones I like doing business with the most. When strategising about your future, consider that the recruiter may be feeling the most software pain, the resourcers know the best sources of information, and the receptionist understands the issues with the booking and registration processes.

Rarely does an MD quit and set up on their own – it’s almost always the recruiter, so listen to them whilst you’ve got the chance. “Take care not to tread on the flowers when focusing on the horizon.

”Being truly strategic in your operation requires an ongoing plan, and your strategy should be present in everything you do, even a little strategy will retain the staff and business focus on the future and the journey ahead. I believe the first step of being strategic is to think differently. If thinking differently is your only strategy, you’ll be OK.

Don’t step back - An online demo, or a free trial will not allow you to be strategic with your decision when it comes to technology. Being strategic requires and ongoing plan – or at least that’s what we believe here at Voyager Software. ‘Products’ alone can’t be strategic, but the relationship you have with your software partner could be, and that requires much more investment than an online demo.

This post was part of a full article printed by Global Recruiter - October