Put People In Their (Right) Place

PUT PEOPLE IN THEIR (RIGHT) PLACE
Moving someone from a job they hate to the right job can be life changing. One executive I
interviewed said he moved a person on his staff to four different places in the organization, trying to find the right fit. Because he’d placed her wrong so many times, he was almost ready to give up on her. But he knew she had great potential, and she was right for the organization. Finally, after he found the right job for her, she was a star!

Because this executive knows how important it is to have every person working in the right job, he asks his staff once a year, “If you could be doing anything, what would it be?” From their answers, he gets clues about any people who may have been miscast in their roles.

Trying to get the right person in the right job can take a lot of time and energy. Let’s face
it. Isn’t it easier for a leader to just put people where it is most convenient and get on with
the work? Once again, this is an area where leaders’ desire for action works against them.
Fight against your natural tendency to make a decision and move on. Don’t be afraid to
move people around if they’re not shining the way you think they could.

—The 360° Leader – John Maxwell

LOOK FOR CLUES THAT SOMEONE ON
YOUR TEAM COULD BE BETTER PLACED.

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