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Diamonds In The Rough

Over the years, I have heard stories from business owners about trying to deal with an employee that was not working out in their job and then finding out the problem employee is perfect for another job that was empty. As more and more owners and managers seek to build an organization where everyone is working to their strengths and not trying to be something they are not, the discoveries of these diamonds in the rough are becoming more numerous. In Jim Collins’ landmark book, Good to Great”, his research into the attributes of great companies showed that most of them were devoted to putting “the right people in the right seats on the bus.”

So, what can you find out about your highest and best uses of your employees and how well those highest and best uses match the job positions. In many cases, the stories that I have heard contained a common thread-the owner/manager mentioned a problem he or she was trying to solve, and the “diamond” stepped up to solve it. Another argument for keeping employees informed and asking them what they think. Here’s a question to ask your people suggested by Susan Van Buren of Terra Logos Energy Group: ” What is it that we don’t know about you that you would like to do in your work?”