Friday, May 29, 2009

What Have I Read Today chapter 1

"The only way to deliver to the people who are achieving is to not burden them with the people who are not achieving" - Good to Great, Jim Collins

From the same book, same chapter, it says the following:

"The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you've made a hiring mistake. The best people don't need to be managed. Guided, taught, led - yes. But not tightly managed. We've all experienced or observed the following scenario. We have a wrong person on the bus and we know it. Yet we wait, we delay, we try alternatives, we give a 3rd and 4th chance, we hope that the situation will improve, we invest time in trying to properly manage the person, we build little systems to compensate for his shortcomings, and so forth.

But the situation doesn't improve. When we go home, we find our energy diverted by thinking (or talking to our spouses) about the person. Worse, all the time and energy we spend on that one person siphons energy away from developing and working with all the right people. We continue to stumble along until the person leaves on his own (to our great sense of relief) or we finally act (also to our great sense of relief).

Meanwhile, our best people wonder, "What took you so long?"

So true.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Life post crisis...

This is warzone Credit Crisis. Heads rolled and blood splattered.

Some were crying, some were asking why, some were packing and some were wandering between lost and joy

It was a mess. But sometimes, maybe it's better to leave than to stay. I think.

You gain some you lose some. You might lose the portion of unearned salaries, but you might gain some.

Time. Quality time. Relationships. Friends & Family. So much to gain, so little to lose ;)

Life post crisis. Life goes on.