Because of scarce resources, we often try to have one position fill many needs, usually with disastrous results.
Chang suggests organizations consider outsourcing the parts of a job that are outside the main scope.
But there’s a difference between wanting to nurture talent and blindly putting someone into a position based on gut feeling and hope.
We now use the Omnia Profile assessment at NAIS to fit candidates to a particular job. This tool has been invaluable in hiring people who are a strong match for the unique position.
We often hire people because we like them as individuals, without thinking about how well they will perform in a team. As it turns out, research shows that givers can make the difference in team success.
they found that the single strongest predictor of group effectiveness was the amount of help team members gave each other. Further, they found that “in the highest-performing teams, team members invested extensive time and energy in coaching, teaching, and consulting with their colleagues. These contributions helped members question their own assumptions, fill gaps in their knowledge, gain access to novel perspectives, and recognize patterns in seemingly disconnected threads of information.”