Get Closest To The Ones You Want To Grow

Frank Lloyd Wright, the American architect who re-wrote all the rules of design in the Twentieth Century taught us many truths about succession planning and mentoring. He would always have the newest apprentices move their desks closest to his own. He wanted them to learn from his example and he poured his knowledge into them.

Why wouldn’t you want the new guy or girl to turn out successful like you? As a result the success ratio of his staff was far above that of any of his contemporaries and in fact, anyone to this day.

Losers start the new people at the bottom of the pecking order and force them to work their own way up. Most often “newbies” drop out on the way up the corporate ladder of bureaucracy. If you want someone to succeed, keep them close to you and model the behavior you want them to replicate.
-Jim

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