Kevin Kliman: Navigating High-Growth Team Building in Tech

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Kevin Kliman Join Kevin Kliman, CEO and co-founder of Humi, as he unveils the secrets of building a successful team in a high-growth tech environment. From his early days as a dentist and aspiring hockey player to leading Humi, Canada's top employment solution, Kevin shares his unique journey and insights. Explore the challenges and triumphs of team building, reinvesting in the community, and nurturing tech talent in Canada. This episode is perfect for entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, and leaders looking to scale their teams effectively in the fast-paced tech world.

5 Key Takeaways:

  1. Emphasize Ownership and Autonomy: Look for candidates who show a genuine desire to take ownership of their work.
  2. Build Trust: Cultivate a trusting environment to facilitate effective communication and decision-making.
  3. Be Wary of Red Flags: Pay attention to the work history of potential hires, as patterns of short tenures can indicate problems.
  4. Adapt Hiring with Growth: As your company grows, so should your team-building strategies.
  5. Understand Employee Mindsets: Distinguish between ‘missionary’ and ‘mercenary’ mindsets to find team members who align with your company’s long-term goals.

Show Notes

  • [00:00:00] Introduction to the episode and Venture for Canada
  • [00:01:00] Kevin Kliman’s unique journey from dentistry to tech entrepreneurship
  • [00:02:00] The ideal attributes of prospective employees in a startup
  • [00:04:00] Recognizing red flags in potential hires
  • [00:11:00] Adapting team-building strategies as a company grows
  • [00:13:00] Hiring challenges: Transitioning from big tech to startups
  • [00:21:00] The importance of hard work and focused effort, drawn from Kevin’s dental background
  • [00:28:00] The concept of ‘missionary vs. mercenary’ in employee mindset
  • [00:33:00] The Humi interview process and combating bias
  • [00:42:00] Final thoughts on building trust within teams