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“If you hire the right person, everything goes ten times better; if you hire the wrong person, everything goes ten times worse.”
We were discussing the opportunities and challenges the cleantech sectors are facing now, and what comes up time and time again is talent. Both as an opportunity with huge scope and potential, but also as a challenge in that we are in the relatively early days of the clean energy transition and talent and skill shortages are holding things back. One of the challenges within hiring is that finding the right fit can be made more challenging with globally dispersed and remote teams, creating and maintaining cultures.
As I’ve said previously, without great people in your business, you don’t have a business. Your people, values, and indeed your culture are your crown jewels – so if I were to give any leader a piece of advice, it would be to not compromise on recruitment.
When starting up, or going from start-up to scale-up, the game changes – and fast. But one thing is constant, your people are everything. We understand it can be frustrating and perhaps overwhelming for leaders who are already spinning a dozen plates to focus on talent attraction, onboarding, and retention too. Easier to pass it on to an office manager, surely?
Who you recruit is a vital ingredient of success and can be the make or break of a project, initiative or culture – and should be handled as such. It could be said that your success as CEO or Leader of any team, is based on who you hire, and who you fire. Do you want to leave that responsibility to someone else?
A bad hire can be a world of pain. A great candidate who is a poor cultural fit may be a short-term relief, but a bad apple spoils the barrel. However, while the saying, ‘anything can be learnt’ rings somewhat true, it’s important not to hire just on cultural fit. Capability and skillset are requirements for a reason, so companies at critical stages must go by head and heart – have a logical and emotional recruiting process with a long-term vision in mind.
Where Hyperion comes in is in equipping you with the right human capital to drive your organisational ambitions and goals forward. Our network is established from years of experience working within the cleantech sector across the globe, fully embracing the market and interacting each and every day with like-minded professionals who have a passion for the clean energy transition.
We focus on both skillset and cultural fit, which is why we assess the makeup of existing leadership teams to accurately calculate the potential working dynamic, thus ensuring the working relationship will be a successful one and so will subsequent projects. Our proven process has helped us support some of the most successful cleantech scle-ups globally.
If you’d like to know more about how we support cleantech start-ups and scale-ups hire right and build winning, high performance leadership teams, please get in touch for an informal conversation.
David Hunt is a prominent figure and thought leader in the clean energy sector. Hailed as a leading green entrepreneur by the Financial Times, David also presents at industry events such as EcoSummit, Energy Storage Europe and Fully Charged Live. David is a frequent contributor to trade publications such as Energy Storage News, Solar Power Portal, PV Tech, Clean Energy News and Smart Cities World. His industry insights have been quoted in UK broadsheet newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph and the Sunday Times. Being well versed in business and economics, he has also lent his voice to the likes of BBC Radio Four and ITV’s 6 O’clock news. A cleantech expert and industry insider, David specialises in the clean energy and eMobility sectors. His drive to accelerate these growing markets led him to set up Hyperion Executive Search Ltd, a talent acquisition company specialising in the clean energy space that incisively places talent where it’s needed. Hyperion has been helping businesses grow and succeed since 2014 and recently expanded its operations in Europe with a new office in Munich. David’s headhunting team now operates across EMEA and the US. Before this, David co-founded an award-winning multi-technology renewable energy installation business, sat as a policy board member with the UK Renewable Energy Association, and was a member of PRASEG (Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group). The ‘This week in cleantech’ podcast is a platform for David and invited experts to share and review the biggest, and most interesting news stories in the cleantech sector each week, providing expert opinion, analysis and insight. It is anticipated that the podcast will be a catalyst for the further growth and development of the cleantech revolution.
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