Most People Are a “10” at Something

I believe most people are a “10” at something.

The problem is, they are in a position where they can only produce at a “4” level and are either mis-matched or extremely frustrated. So they do work at a “2” level and just get by.  Meanwhile the people who are a “10” (your All Stars) at some skill and are in the right place to excel are putting out “10” level performance.

If you are a good leader, you should hire people to take on the authority that their “10” will produce and stop trying to make everyone else fit into that mold.  It will be a lot less work for you… and them (a lot less frustration on yours and their parts, too!).

A good manager can find out who is a 10 at what task and make that their main job. A bad manager tries to make everyone be on the same level.  “All Stars” are frustrated with this and the lower level producers… well, they didn’t want to do it anyway.  Right?

Start treating people based on the results they bring in. Start hiring people to do a project without having to ask you if you want them to do it first. Start spending time seeing who is best at which authoritative task and let them have free reign – sink or swim on their own.

Then go to a relaxing place and take a breath. Get ready, because the freedom this creates will create more opportunity for you as the leader to do more creative work, make fewer tough decisions and handle the other people in your organization more effectively.

Jim Mathis is

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