23 April 2010
Poor performers. What to do?
More and more people will be discovered as a poor fit.
What can we do?
The project's goal is faster, better cheaper. But the organisation's goal is to develop it's people to maximize their potential. (And yes Pawel, that's not every organisation's goal.)
The commonly proposed solution in project circles is to hire and fire quickly. It's probably true that this gets you to the best result fastest. But many larger and more bureaucratic organisations are not geared up for that. What then?
Create or customize a job for the individual? Coach?
What do you do at the first attempt? Where do you give up?
How much is this your problem anyway?
(By the way, if you are on my team, don't be too paranoid. This post was inspired by a conversation from a colleague at a different company.)