How To Hire The Best: 10 Takeaways From My Conversation With The Business Psychologist, Dr. Sabrina Starling – PART 2 of 2

In Part 2 of 2 from my interview with Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist, we wrap up the remaining five takeaways from my interview with her about her latest book in the How to Hire the Best Series. In part 2, we get tactical with some best practices and questions that can be beneficial in hiring the best, and retaining the best!  

If you missed part 1, be sure to check it out HERE.

6. What is the one thing?

Envision your ideal team member…what is the one thing that you need that person to do over, and over to make that person a success, and the team a success? There may be many elements to their role, but what is the one thing above all else that is the most mission critical? When you answer that question, the talent needed for the role reveals itself.  

7. Play to Their Strengths

You can hire for strengths when you figure out that one thing.  It is then imperative to keep engaging that person’s talents. Dr. Sabrina has consistently found that when employee’s strengths are intentionally utilized, they are more engaged in their work and with the team.  This has a critical impact on creating a profitable great place to work…which is at the core of what Dr. Sabrina’s team at Tap The Potential focuses on.  

8. Protect the 1-1 Meetings: THE NO FAIL COMMUNICATION TOOL

On small teams especially, these can go out the window, because these teams interact frequently together, often having short 1-1 conversations in the middle of other interactions.  However, having an actual meeting is mission critical, because they strengthen the circle of safety and build and reinforce EMOTIONAL trust. This is imperative, so when there is a need, and an issue, it will rise, because of this constant reinforcement.  This is stitched into the threads of the culture.  

9. Favorite 1-1 Question:

“What is the support you need from me to do this one thing really well over and over?”

When both you and your employee have clarity on the Core 1 Thing, this becomes easier and easier to answer.  On a weekly basis there may not be much, but a leader often serves as the one that can clear the path for their employees to thrive in their role.  Being successful at that one thing is the foundation. 

10. Favorite Weekly Team Check-In Question:

“On a scale from 1-10 (1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest), where would you say you are with respect to using your strengths this week in your work?” 

Make sure this is built in to your regular check-ins. As Joseph McClendon, who co-facilitates Anthony Robbins Unleash the Power Within says: “You are what you focus on!” 

Just asking this question focuses you and your team around strengths. This will naturally put you in a place where you are keeping strengths alive in your culture as Dr. Sabrina has done.  

Dr. Sabrina’s latest book How To Hire The Best Contractor Edition comes out on 10/24/19.  Even if you aren’t in construction, be sure to grab your copy HERE.  Check out Tap The Potential and the Profit By Design Podcast HERE.  

Also stay tuned for some exciting Joint virtual programs that 34 Strong and Tap will be offering 2020, including our highly sought after virtual Leading Your Organization From Strengths program that was offered this year.  If you want to be on the Insider Track for this program…click HERE.  

P.S… even though this edition is targeted at contractors, the bulk of the book really gets into the tactics on culture building…using analogies like culture as foundation (pun intended).  


When you are ready to create the workplace culture that you envisioned, where people are engaged, valued for being valuable and play to their Strengths, 34 Strong will be here to help you make that a reality.

Darren Virassammy is the Co-Founder and COO/CFO of 34 Strong Inc. Darren’s top five strengths are: Achiever, Arranger, Relator, Learner and Responsibility.