November 14, 2021

The whole human


Building teams, adding skillsets, creating potential, replacing heads, addressing latent needs – every time you bring someone new into the team you don’t just bring the specific skillset on the job description, you also bring the sum total of their talents and experiences.

Now you have two problems.

The first, integrating their job description into the whole – if it’s a new role most people won’t know where it fits (you might not know exactly yourself), and they certainly won’t be able to call on it in the right way for the maximum impact. That takes time.

And second, the joy of finding all the other things they walked in the door with outside of the skillset you decided to hire, the intangibles, the interpersonal dynamics, the broad and deep, the secondary skillset – that you don’t even know you don’t know.

Skippy strategy: Find the whole human you hired, and make them fit.