November 26, 2023

Their lights


If you hire people with ideas, it’s a good idea to listen when they speak. Not just listen, but fully engage them in the thinking process and support them when their lights start firing.

One option – don’t hire them.

Another alternative – hire people with ideas but tell them exactly what to do, let them use their brilliance only within tightly controlled boundaries, turn away when they make suggestions. It might look compelling in the short term as get some keen bean good work, you might even move quite fast for a while as they dig in on the things you want them to do.

But it will end. And quickly.

They’ll get bored and frustrated, and they’ll look for somewhere else where they’ll be appreciated for more of their talents. Somewhere that not about their willingness to do what they’re told.

Skippy strategy: Use all the talents you hire.