Friday, June 26, 2009


Hiring (or firing) the right people

Jim Collins has written extensively about who you should take into battle with you each day in your organization. He's written mostly about finding the right people, but his rules equally apply to ejecting the wrong people.

Take his list of criteria for the right people below, for instance. Think about the people in your organization right now who exhibit the exact opposite characteristics. Can you afford to keep them around? Isn't their drain on the organization exacerbated in this economy?

  • The right people fit the company's core values
  • The right people don't need to be tightly managed
  • The right people understand that they do not have "jobs" - they have responsibilities
  • The right people fulfill their commitments
  • The right people are passionate about the company and its work
  • The right people display window-and-mirror maturity (i.e. they give credit when credit's due, and take responsibility when things go awry)


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