When You've Made the Wrong Hire

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  1. You give Bob Task Z.
  2. Bob does the Task Z.
  3. You see it needs major tweaks.
  4. You micro-manage Bob until he finishes Task Z.
  5. Task Z finally finishes.

How often do you micro-manage Bob?

That is:

  • Do you frequently have to micro-manage Bob until he achieves "good work"?
  • Can he not take initiative to realize what "good work" means?
  • Are you spending more time managing Bob than focusing on your business?

You've gotz problemz.

Good people:

  • don't need to be managed
  • will take initiative to do what works best
  • is a million times better at doing their tasks than you ever could

You know you've got a hiring mistake if you're picking up the slack for Bob.

Decisions Quickly

If you find yourself frequently managing Bob (i.e., you constantly give him pointers on how to do his work better), make a hiring decision quickly.

That is, either:

  1. give him a different position
  2. let him go

Who benefits?

  • Your business.
  • Your sanity.
  • Bob -- because that allows him to find another place where he could excel.

The quicker you make a hiring decision, the more you benefit your business, your sanity, and Bob.

That sets you on a quick path to find the right person who can do the work without you constantly checking their work.

Result:

  • More time
  • More time
  • More time

People who inherently rock give you more time to work on your masterpiece (i.e., your business).

Freakish-juiced bald eagles.

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Posted on July 07


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