EQ: Explain and give examples to argue why the following statement is true or false: “Get the right people on your team, and get the wrong ones off.”
I struggled with this week’s EQ because I learned in many business classes that you should let go of the people that are thought of being complacent as the wrong people. In Jim Collins’ book Good to Great, he explains how it is better to have a mediocre team player that is giving his all, then a good employee that has given up and is full of negativity. What Jim Collins and the Fullan are talking about is how that employee will interact (or their relationship) with other employees.
I think of when I have sat through so many employee interviews. Normally a large number of qualified applicants are screened, however, only a few are picked for face-to-face interviews. I find my team not looking for the most qualified applicant (or the most “right”), but the one that we think will fit best with our team (i.e. the one that we might have the best relationship with).
Fullan stated that “it’s the relationship that makes the difference.” I do agree that a good leader should be able to tell when his employee is becoming complacent and know that person enough to know how to inspire them in the way that they need. I do think it is good to be around people that are not like-mind, it is challenging and diverse.
Fullan, Michael. (2001). Leading in a Culture of Change. Retrieved on March 31, 2017 from: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED467449.pdf
Collins, Jim. (2011). Good to Great. Retrieved on March 31, 2017 from: http://www.jimcollins.com/article_topics/articles/good-to-great.html
Logotheits, Leon. (2015, March 6). Keeping Good Company: Why You Should Surround Yourself With Good People. Retrieved on March 31, 2017 from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leon-logothetis/kkeeping-good-company-why-you-should-surround-yourself-with-good-people_b_6816468.html