EDET 668 W10

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.”

 

Right people

 

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.

 

Right people2

 

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.

 

Resources:

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

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4 thoughts on “EDET 668 W10

  1. It’s great to have someone that can relate this in a business perspective. You make a good point about the interview process. How can you really tell about how good a fit someone is for your team? I really believe that interviewees can, and DO say things to influence decisions in an interview. They know what people want to hear, and they accommodate. But at the same time, it is possible that an interview team has already decided who to hire before asking the first applicant a single question! That is really sad. I have to admit that I believe I have been in this situation a few times in my life. The team goes through the “motions” to interview prospective applicants, but has already decided on a person. It would not be “legal” to hire without interviewing a few other applicants. It’s a dog-eat-dog world I suppose!

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  2. The joy of interviewing!:) I had the opportunity to be on an interview team once and we were also looking for someone that we would have the best relationship with. The teacher that was ultimately chosen also wasn’t the most qualified of all the applicants either. Having someone like that can keep your team working collaboratively and focused on achieving the common goals.

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  3. This is such a great point that most employees look for someone that will fit well with the team. I think this can be a good strategy, but you also need to make sure that they will bring diversity in. Maybe a new skill or even just a new perspective from their previous job experience. I wonder if most employers just look for someone who is identical to the workers they already have or if they just look for a personality that jives with their current employees? I would have to think it is the latter. It would be pretty hard to find identical workers, I would think?

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  4. Josie,

    I have been struggling with the same notions of the “wrong” people. I think it is important to determined who the wrong people are. The wrong people aren’t necessarily the ones who disagree with us, but the ones who maybe are complacent and refuse to come back. A diverse group of people help a team grow, but if someone doesn’t care or try, they may be the “wrong” people.

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