So, You Want to Be a Force Multiplier? Your Questions Answered!

I always love reader/listener/community member questions! So, we are going to dive into some fantastic questions that some of our followers emailed in about how to launch a Force Multiplier career. Let’s get started!

What skills are needed to land your first Force Multiplier type job?

I’m a big fan of Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Ideal Team Player, where he explains the value of team members who are hungry, humble, and smart. Lencioni says, “The kind of people that all teams need are people who are humble, hungry, and smart: humble being little ego, focusing more on their teammates than on themselves. Hungry, meaning they have a strong work ethic, are determined to get things done, and contribute any way they can. Smart, meaning not intellectually smart but inner personally smart.”

So, why reinvent the wheel? I think Force Multipliers also need to be hungry, humble, and smart to succeed and grow in their roles. In addition, check out this article for more information on what skills and experience leaders are looking for when hiring a Force Multiplier.

While, there are some traditional career guides about how to get hired at a large corporation, how does one get hired at more entrepreneurial or less traditional type places? For instance, how does one get hired by the old money scion who just inherited 30 million and is starting their own foundation? How does one get hired by the high profile new age guru? How does one get hired by the regionally famous real estate flipper/angel investor?

I love this question because, to me, working with founders, family offices, entrepreneurs, and authors/speakers can be such an amazing opportunity for a Force Multiplier!

So, where do you start? Networking, research, and preparation.

Start asking your friends, family, networking groups, etc. who they know that you should know. Explain the type of opportunity you are looking for and see who comes to mind. There could be a former classmate of your church leader who is looking for a Force Multiplier, but they don’t even know that’s who they need. Join online Executive Assistant and/or Chief of Staff networks. There are often job opportunities posted within those networks, EAs who are moving on to new opportunities and helping to find their replacement, and just great Force Multipliers who want to help others find a great role.

Research authors, speakers, and other prominent business leaders who you may want to work with. Local BNI networks or your Chamber of Commerce are great places to start. But with the number of remote opportunities today, your options are virtually endless. Focus on the type of business or type of leader you would like to work with and research within those parameters first. Keep your eye on business news for entrepreneurs who just got their first round of funding or successful executive’s who just retired. They are both about to face new complexities in their lives and could benefit from having a strategic partner by their side.

Prepare a pitch (that you tailor to each leader). Sometimes, these entrepreneurs or leaders don’t even realize that they could benefit from a Force Multiplier. It’s on you to show them why the role (and you specifically) would benefit them. Include items such as a job description of the role, your experience and unique skill set, the projected ROI of hiring the position, resources you would need to get started, suggested compensation package, places where you see you could make immediate impacts on their life or business, as well as a 90 day plan on how you would onboard yourself and your new leader into this partnership.

Particularly when looking for a Force Multiplier role with an entrepreneur, investor, or author/speaker, chances are they haven’t had an EA or Chief of Staff before. It will be up to you to find the Principal, pitch the position, and then show them the way.

What are some good stepping stones to achieve these roles?

Working as a personal assistant, marketing assistant, finance assistant (essentially a more specialized assistant role) can help you build your resume and give you exposure to the Principal you want to work with. Show your value and support the Principal and the team as if you were in the Force Multiplier role already. Then, make your pitch when the time is right. You will have already shown what you can do and that you are hungry, humble, smart and ready to rock.

I also think prior experience in operations, administration, communication, project management, program management or any other generalist role lends itself well to moving into a Force Multiplier role.The key is being able to lead and support your Principal at the same time, while having enough general knowledge and resourcefulness to handle anything from calendar management, to major donor events, streamlining systems for their office, to starting and setting up new companies. Being growth minded and willing to learn anything that you don’t know is critical.

What education is useful?

As mentioned above, nothing will beat being a life-long learner. While I think it could be helpful to have an educational background in business, I think it’s even more important to not stop learning after you receive your diploma or certificate. The business world changes so rapidly now, and you have to stay on top of industry trends, technology, organizational efficiencies, communication strategy, and more.

In addition, depending on what type of founder/entrepreneur you want to partner with, it might be important to have a background in finance (if you work with a private investor), or some education in writing or public relations (if you work with an author/speaker), or perhaps government relations or non-profit management (if you work with someone starting a foundation).

Another common question is whether or not a Force Multiplier needs an MBA. Read more about that here.

Whether you are fresh out of high school or college, or a seasoned professional looking for your next career move, a Force Multiplier position is an incredible opportunity for growth-minded, highly organized, strategic, intrapreneurial individuals. It is not just a stepping stone to another job, but a dynamic and fulfilling career in its own right. Network, do your research, and be ready to present the role at a moment’s notice. Your leader is out there. And they are looking for a Force Multiplier like you, they just may not know it yet!

Do you have questions about hiring a Force Multiplier? How to move from an Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff role? How to create stronger communication with your leadership team? Something else? Email me at hallie@adamhergenrother.com. or DM me in The Founder & Force Multiplier Community. I’d love to answer your question(s) next!

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