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The Determined Mom Show

Jun 24, 2023

In this episode of The Determined Mom Show, Dr. Elaine Stageberg joins me on the show to talk about how to hire your first full-time employee to start scaling your company.

Dr. Elaine Stageberg, MD, MHA is a psychiatrist, mother of 4, & Owner of Black Swan Real Estate. She owns & manages a portfolio of over $290 million in assets under management. Through real estate investing, she reached financial freedom in her 30s and now helps others to do the same; Black Swan has delivered exceptional returns to hundreds of passive investors through their unique investor-focused private equity funds which enjoy no sponsor fees whatsoever, 100% return of capital to investors before any splits, and long-term returns and tax advantages, all coupled with socially conscious investing and at least 5% of profits donated to charity

Here are three key takeaways from the episode:

  • Prioritizing work-life balance: Dr. Elaine highlights the importance of prioritizing the human element and understanding that employees have lives outside of work.
  • Building a team as an investment: Building a team was a game changer for our guest's business, and they saw significant growth after they started hiring. The company's leaders prioritize the well-being of their employees by providing the resources they need to meet goals and to ensure mutualism between the leaders and team members.
  • Hiring for culture, training for everything else: Dr. Elaine believes that culture is harder to teach than technical skills and emphasizes hiring based on culture rather than technical skills. The company prefers to hire people with backgrounds in hospitality and service.


Listen to the full episode for more insights on building a successful team and growing your business.

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