Team building exercises
“I tried so many different routes, ran the whole playbook, definitely, when building a team,” says Harrel. “At the beginning, we had another entity for the US, another person who was really helping with the sort of operational side of things. But that didn't really work.
“Then in 2019, when I relaunched as RadSwan and raised money from US investors, I moved my family to New York, and that was just a month before COVID. And then it was a different approach. It was lets hire a team.”
Harrel now had a network through her investors and their companies, but at the same time, the US was a new market for her, so that presented challenges in building the team. Although she initially looked at hiring team members, she found that she didn’t have access to as wide a range of people as she wanted. She also found it difficult to maintain a professional distance in hiring for what was still very much her project.
However, she found a solution in using consultants.
“I would say to someone who is not a very strong networker, or who, like me, gets too personally involved with people and managing teams, consultants make a great fit. What I've come to learn is that any job that exists, also exists in a consultant version of it. So you don’t have to have an employee, there’s more than one way to do it,” she advises.