The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you have made a hiring mistake. The best people don’t need to be managed. Guided, taught, led – ~ Jim Collins
Typically there are four kinds of people in an organization :
1. Problem Child – High Potential, Low Performance
2. Star Performers – High Potential, High Performance
3. Deadwood – Low Potential, Low Performance
4. Workaholic – Low Potential, High Performance
So, Who gets the maximum attention? This is a question worth pondering. Typically in an organization it is seen that the problem child gets the maximum attention.
This is similar to the first child problem theory in a family. Typically the first child gets and is used to all the attention until the second child arrives. And that is when the problem arises.
As a manager the objectives are pretty clear : They have to develop plans, programs and intentions to develop the human capability of an organization to meet the future competitive challenges in order to generate superior economic value. They have to and should focus on identifying their star performers.
This is where the role of managers is becoming increasingly important. HR than is not only the role of the Human Resouce Department, but also of every manager in the organization and the transition is as follows :
Operational to strategic
Qualitative to quantitative
Policing to partnering
Short-term to long-term
Administrative to consultative
Functionally oriented to business oriented
Internally focused to externally and customer-focused
Reactive to proactive
Activity focused to solutions-focused