A lot of the consulting and coaching I have done has ended up focusing on helping leaders figure out who their key players are and how to match up people and roles. I think this – finding organizational fit – is core to a manager’s job.
But not everyone is good at this or can see it from where they sit. If people are struggling, there might be many reasons:
- It might be that the person is out of their league. And when I say that, I mean it is not a good fit. They might be very talented and valuable, but the role is not right. Sometimes it is an issue of battery size, or it might be that a particular role requires certain strengths. In today’s day and age, I see a lot of hard working leaders fail because they can’t manage broad scopes. They become overwhelmed and incapable.
- It might be that the systems and processes are so messed up (unaligned) that the person cannot be successful.
- It might be that the timing for the role is not right.
You might need help figuring out what the root cause of the problem is and the best solution. You might be too close to the situation to see what’s generally pretty clear. Hopefully you have good OD or HR resources that can help.
If leaders do nothing else but ensure that team members are in the right roles and that critical positions are filled with the right talent, they would earn their salary. Some of you senior leaders out there might take issue with this statement, but I think it is true. When you have round pegs in round holes, the rest is much easier.
On a side note, I find the word recruiting is not a good word to describe what needs to happen. Creating the right team takes much more craft.
How do you know if you are in the wrong role? Have you felt overwhelmed for a while? Does everything seem to be a hassle or struggle? Are you not meeting your goals or barely making it? These might be indications.
And let me just say this. In the many years that I have been doing this, I have NEVER, not once, seen a situation where the boss said, "I should not have made this change." The moral? Trust your instincts and then back them up with a good analysis of the situation.
Don’t wait too long to understand and fix the situation.