Starting a business is a big achievement for many entrepreneurs, but maintaining one is the larger challenge. There are many standard challenges that face every business whether they are large or small. It is not easy running a company, especially in a fast-paced, ever-changing business world. Technology advances, new hiring strategies, and now, political changes coming with the new administration, all add to the existing business challenges that entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives have to deal with.
Maximizing profits, minimizing expenses and finding talented staff to keep things moving seem to be top challenges for both SMBs and large corporations. We have been interviewing companies from around the world to discover what challenges they are facing in their businesses. We also asked each company to share business advice they would give to a younger version of themselves.
Below is our interview with William Vanderbloemen, Founder and CEO at Vanderbloemen Search Group:
What does your company do?
Vanderbloemen is an executive search firm that helps values-based organizations build great teams. From staffing to compensation and succession planning, we help leaders get the right people in the right places on the team. We also provide organizational and staff culture consulting services, helping our clients build irresistible workplaces. Our company is almost 8 years old and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. We?ve worked in nearly every state in the U.S. and have a growing international practice.
What is your role? What do you enjoy most about your role?
I?m the Founder and CEO of Vanderbloemen Search Group. After eight years, I?m still amazed at the quality of individuals who have chosen to work with us. Our team can solve any problem, and I watch them take on new challenges each day in an effort to serve our clients with wow-making excellence. Many of our team members took pay cuts to work here because they believe in what we do, and that?s a humbling realization as a CEO. I also enjoy leading a company that is making a difference in the world. Many of our clients have never used a search firm before calling us, and we take that seriously. The weight of responsibility we have to get it right for our clients is a big one, and it?s one our company is privileged to bear.
What are the biggest challenges in your business right now?
After eight years in high growth mode, our biggest challenge is maintaining clarity as we scale. As we serve more clients, we discover new ways our team can help them. However, as our product and service offerings grow, our biggest challenge is avoiding doing too much too fast. Our leadership team is continually assessing how to focus on what we do best while still adding new service lines. In a crowded and noisy world, I believe clarity is key to success, but it's not easy.
If you could go back in time, what business advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?
If I could go back in time and give advice to my younger self, I?d tell younger William to listen more and give fewer orders. The older I?ve gotten and more experience I?ve gained, the more I realize that great leaders ask great questions. When I was younger, I thought I knew everything. Now I know I?m rarely the smartest person in the room and have so much to learn from the people around me.