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It's All About the Fit

Updated: Feb 2, 2022

I recently purchased two pair of Ugg foot ware, a pair of boots, and a pair of slippers. The boots were stylish and looked better than the winter boots I was wearing. They did not fit well and I returned them. The slippers were frumpy looking, but so warm and comfortable. I kept them. My son even likes them.


Companies miss opportunities to select great talent because they are more impressed by the "shiny and new" rather than how well the person fits with the organization needs. Often, companies make hiring decisions based on what I call "crisis hiring." Management will hire based on filling a need quickly, rather than evaluating candidates, being patient, and selecting the right fit and the right talent for the assignment.


It takes time to build a winning team. Here are a few tips on how to get the right fit for your department.


  1. Know your needs. Evaluate the positions and assignments in your department and know what's missing. Some companies have several people doing the same assignment because they did do a thorough assessment of their department goals and objectives. Hire talent based on the model that will make your department most efficient.

  2. Hire the right skillsets. Potential is good, but experience and knowledge are better. Don't make the mistake of hiring mediocre talent when better talent is available. Be patient. Know the skillsets you must have and look for them. Don't hurry yourself into a bad hire only to terminate the employee later.

  3. Be prepared to pay. Great talent is at a premium so you may have to fork over some dollars to get who you need. Such investments will be worth it. You will reduce turnover and get professional people who will buy into your mission. They will also provide the stability your team needs to grow.

  4. Build chemistry. Your team has a personality and the members of your team have personality. Look for people who mesh well with the other members of your team. Do not try to force people into your flow. Team chemistry must be organic and the people must work together harmoniously.

These are a few tips to help you build a high-performing team.


(For more training and information register for my workshop, "Delegating Assignments", at www.bcgexcel.com.)


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