People Decisions – do you really, really care?

As a manager you stand no chance of achieving your objectives without having the right JFK_2008people, in the right place at the right time.  It’s your responsibility to take this challenge on for your organisation.

To get the right people in place the first thing you need to do is to find out what their strengths are; what do they do best, what do they enjoy doing, what have they achieved, what do they believe in and care about?  Without this information the chances of you avoiding having misery for all concerned are much higher.   You need to really care about the organisation and its purpose and the people you manage in equal measure.

The right place for people is somewhere where their strengths can be deployed to do good and get results for the organisation.  Will they really care about the outcomes they will be required to produce?  Will they drive themselves to find ways around problems?  Will they be prepared to go the extra mile to make a difference?

Get the wrong people in the wrong place at the wrong time and your job as a manager will be miserable.  You’ll be pushing water up hill.  You’ll need to be vigilant because your people will probably not be motivating themselves and may be just doing what is necessary to avoid trouble; what Peter Drucker described as non-successes and non-failures – the worst of all worlds.  Furthermore, you are likely to find yourself surrounded by miserable people.

If you avoid making “good” people decisions you are, frankly, just not doing your job as a manager.  Avoidance is one of the biggest causes of poor results.

Ultimately the challenge about making people decisions comes down to how much you really, really care about your organisation’s purpose and its people. If you don’t you might well ask, am I in the right place at the right time?

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