Just been reading HBR’s collection of articles on Finding and Keeping the Best People. A couple of good articles that I’ll talk about in this post and the next one.
The first one – Managing away bad habits - is about helping talented people who unfortunately have ‘bad’ habits that prevent them from doing well despite being talented and brilliant. The authors, James Waldroop and Timothy Butler, bring out the fact that there can never be perfect employees and it is up to the organization to help talented people perform well by spending enough time and effort in helping them overcome their ‘problems’. The six types of people identified by the authors - based on their ‘bad’ habits - are quite interesting and would be easy to relate to for people who have been in an organizational environment for some time.
- Hero (The woman who pushes her people to be superhuman and therefore has a team that soon runs out of steam)
- Meritocrat (The guy who expects everything to be ideal and objective and therefore gets frustrated when things aren’t the way they ought to be)
- Bulldozer (The person who doesn’t mind a few dead bodies on the way to achieving things)
- Pessimist (The person who means well but is always expecting the worst and therefore prevents anything new from happening)
- Rebel (The girl who is against all the rules because it is in her nature to behave so….independent and hard-headed)
- Home Run Hitter (The guy who spreads himself too thin and tries to do too many things)
The authors go on to provide some tips on how to help such people cope with reality. Useful article, overall.