We decide quickly who we want to work with and who we don’t. The job interview is largely about fit, the skills are often assumed based on a resume or CV. Are you one of the best employees?
Low unemployment means challenges to hire, yet everyday someone still seems to be interested in more work, improving their career, and creating a better life.
The very small business, they often get along. There isn’t really a choice, you are on the team or you are off. As an organization grows so does the opportunity to have a path in mind that is different from the prescribed.
Many organizations pride themselves on selection based solely on their perceived idea of fit. Workplace politics guide acceptance, promotions, or establish differences.
Navigation becomes an art. It is often not determined by value or merit.
The board of directors, the C-Suite executive, or employee of the month may be chosen based on relationships and who agrees the most with the flow.
Someone has a back itch, someone else scratches.
People go to the pub, the microbrewery, and they order a flight of beer. Not because they want what others are drinking but because they want to choose from different options.
Pairing wine with the entree requires an opinion, some knowledge, and some skill. Ketchup on mashed potatoes may seem like a strange idea, but so is hot sauce on chicken, or deep-fried pickles.
What does all this mean or why does it matter?
It matters because your very best employees may not have the right name, a certain look, or fit perfectly into your club.
It may matter more what they bring to your organization that is missing and not how they align with the clutter of confusion, roadblocks, or group think that is already present.
People leave organizations for many reasons. One reason is that someone or something is blocking their way. Their energy, skills, and talent are being overlooked, underappreciated, or wrongfully dismissed.
Sure, they may be different but the talent that they will deliver to the next organization is the exact talent that you gave up.
It is sad when the worst employees stay and the best employees go.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.