First who, then what – It’s all about people!
No matter which initiative you want to start within your organization (or across organizations for that matter) first gather the people around you and only then start discussing the content. Because in the end it is all about people! And more especially about individuals that make a difference.
Each business and ICT Trend you want to apply to your organization needs to be carried out by people who believe in it, that are able to deliver it and that are actively supported by your organization.
But how do you recognize someone is fit for the job?
Three rules of thumb you can apply:
1. Listen to the passion of the person. How eager is the individual to be part of the plan? Is he ‘begging’ for it, or is he thinking in conditional terms and “only if… then…” scenario’s. Everyone has a passion and has a talent. The art however is to un-cover these talents with your people and to bring them to their full potential. But sometimes people are also still trying to find out for themselves what their talents really are. And it is not always that easy – as a manager – to guide a person in this “self-assessment”. It tells a lot about people, and also about their strengths and weaknesses.
2. Does the passion of the person fit with your mission statement, but more importantly with the mindset of your organization/department? Where do you stand for? What kind of people do you want to attract? Who do you want to put in the spotlights? What makes your organization special? Or how do you want to be perceived in the market?
3. The basic competences must be in place. Typically each organization has its own set of core values or has a ’credo’ that describes what is of high value for them. Some examples are: Respect, teamplay, action oriented, professionalism, professional courtesy, …
So don’t start off initiatives with people who do not fit with these 3 rules of thumb, because sooner or later issues will arise. Sometimes it is better to let the best persons go, because in the long run they will withhold the growth of your organization.