As Verne Harnish says in Mastering the Rockerfeller Habits, we need to get the right people, doing the right things, right. Have you ever felt you have enough people on your team, but you are still overwhelmed by your own workload? I have felt that way. It wasn’t that I didn’t have enough help. It was that I didn’t have the “right” help. I had to admit that I had failed to hire the right people. It was now time to do the right thing for both the team member and I. I needed to rebalance my team.
Mike Michalowicz writes in his book Clock Works, that we should take notice of our teams’ super strengths. Are they in their “genius” zone? We then need to take a microscopic look at our business needs. Is our team’s “genius” zone and our business needs aligned? Are we leaving talent on the table?
Something that I’m still graveling with is that today’s work force doesn’t want to be pigeon hold into a traditional job description. I like things neat and tidy – that’s why I make such a great bookkeeper. I like when things are logical and ties out. However, in this new climate, our team members want us to recognize that they can do task A in their job description AND task B in another job description. It’s okay for them to mix and mingle tasks together to stay interested and connected with the company’s purpose and mission.
I encourage you to get to know your team’s strengths. It is possible that you have something on your desk you need to “transfer” and a team member has that skill or desire to do that task.
Sometimes we find that we hired someone that just doesn’t “fit” in our company. It is hard to do this kind of rebalancing, but I encourage you to be bold and courageous – Set them FREE. You will not believe how much time and energy you have been wasting on the wrong fit. Believe it or not, at some point they will come to appreciate that you had the courage to set them free. They are released to find something that truly fulfills them. Be sure to get legal counsel for this step – if you haven’t heard about legal shield, ask me – I’m happy to share my experience with them.