How do you decide which people you help grow? (Blog #45)

teams of employees

But how do you decide which people you help grow?

As I mentioned in blog post #44 for the next couple of weeks I really want to focus on how does one go about identifying the right people to have on your team. The ones that you want to help grow or work alongside. The ones you want to invest your time and energy in. And sometimes the thing that can confuse the situation the most is if the person you’re dealing with is nice. And I mean one of those people that are really, really nice. Yes, they’re humble. Yes, not only can they get the job done without insulting the shit out of everyone, but people look forward to working with them.

But is this enough if they’re not hungry? From what I’ve seen definitely not. Here’s why.

(By the way to get where I’m coming from when I talk about humble, hungry and people smart check out blog post #44 – Do you have the right people on your team? 3 ways to find out).

There I was in job #8 with a full-on marketing position that had me wearing many hats, from copy writer to event planner, social media planner, strategist, etc. And on top of that I was also expected to do the designing. At first I almost made the fatal decision to put the design hat on as well. And then I thought, if I try and be everything then I’ll be nothing. And then the question popped up in my head, do I even want to be a designer?

No.

I had no problem putting together a very detailed brief of what I wanted, but the designing itself wasn’t something I wanted to do.

I needed a designer. So once I learnt that one of our support people at work had some design skills we got him on board.

Initially, I loved working with him. He was great to work with and, at first, he also seemed quite eager to get involved as well. I could see it all coming together. Even the CEO suggested that he sign up for some design courses, which the company would pay for.

I was giving him pep talks left, right and centre. Here was a guy in his early twenties with a design job already with a company that would cover all the cost for him to become the best in his field.

Can you get better than that?

But the fact that I’d be more excited about this than the actual person should’ve made it clear to me that it wasn’t for him. And it wasn’t. He quickly decided to pass up on the whole opportunity.

I couldn’t believe it.

Blog tip #45 – Despite that this person was great to work with, both humble and people smart, without the hunger he was not the right person for me to have on my team.

Did he continue to help out with the design? Yes. But the effort he was willing to put into it started to be less and less. In the field of marketing and design to get the best result you need to be prepared for the fact that you could be making the last change about 50 times. It’s just how it is. And when someone isn’t prepared to do that then they’re not hungry. And not some you want on your team. Not if you want the best results.

What did you think about Blog #45?

Are you hungry in your job right now?

Or is this something that you have yet to experience?

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