Daily Archives: February 21, 2011

Square peg in a round hole

We all know how difficult it can be to drive a square peg into a round hole. The image on the right shows it best, , , driving a square peg into a round hole can break some things.

It’s exactly the case when dealing with people, , , specifically your staff.

When focusing an employee you want to take advantage of his or her strengths and interests as much as possible. It makes their development easier and you will get more from the employee because they are working on things they like, , , it’s sort of like swimming downstream versus trying to swim upstream against the current.

Make it a point to learn about your employee and to discover these strengths, likes and dislikes. When you tap into the strength and interest of an individual, they will work harder to learn something new and to do their job well, , , because they like it and it’s a good fit for them. It’s a common trait we all have.

Things to consider are the technologies you have them focus on, the area of responsibilities you give them, the type of projects you assign them, even the people you assign them to work with.

Try to make life better for people when you push them into certain areas of work. If they love what they do and have the tools to do the job, you can get powerful results, , , and that’s what we all want to achieve.