Recruiting is harder than training. To find the right person that can fit and enhance into our team mold is one of the hardest things I face each day. I have a vision of how and what I want my team to be. I don't like agents fighting. I don't think that any ONE agent is the star. I don't think that any agent MAKES my office what it is today, its the combination of ALL the agents.
When my broker first opened his doors, there were only 5 agents when I joined his team. We were all very close. We went out at night, we ordered diner in the office a few nights a week and we learned alot together. It was a family setting. The broker began to expand and while some hated the thought of change, I was excited. I wanted to see what and how it was like to open a brand new office. I watched. I wanted to learn. From the opening of the second office, he offered me the job as office manager. I had NO idea what to do. I was now going to be the manager of my friends. That was hard. I did it though.
I have since moved into his third office. I was under his direction then and now I am entirely on my own. I am on my own in a different area that I am not use to, I am in a town that has NO idea who or how we operate. I find that I have more obstacles in front of me now than I did as converting from agent to manager. This was one of the hardest things I have done, to date.
I have started to recruit and am not thrilled with my outcome as of yet, the ones that I have hired are doing great. I would like more agents but its a slow, slow process. I don't want to hire just anybody, I am picky. I find that hiring experienced agents have this "ego" and they are hard to re-train. New agents have Delusions of Grandeur - but they are trainable and if they can listen - they can succeed.