I am in the midst of hiring a new person to join my team.
Since the team is global, it can sometimes create challenges.
At times I will lean on the local leadership team to give me their perspectives, their opinions, and to share with me the pulse of the team.
I was ‘sensing’ that someone within the team may be interested in the role, but that the local leadership team maybe not as fond of the idea. A situation in which the needs of the business may be placed before the needs of the individual.
I took the time to reach out. I had a conversation. I was very open and transparent with both the individual and the other business leaders.
I asked the leadership team what the gap would be if the role would be filled by a current employee versus hiring outside the company. I asked to understand the overall business risk and if there is a mitigation and succession plan.
I also triangulated with my local team to get their perspectives.
My perception is that the business was placing its needs before that of the individual. As a leader, this is not my philosophy nor is this the way I make business decisions.
I made a few calls. I had several tough discussions.
I am a firm believer that in order to have a high functioning and producing team, that each individual on the team needs to feel appreciated, heard, understood, and that their professional and personal needs are being met.
In my opinion, the best way to meet the needs of the business is to deliver on the expectations of the individuals. The same individuals that do the work day in and day. The individuals that make up the team. The team that builds a business. A business that meets the needs of its customers.
When one of the individuals does not perform at their highest level, then the entire team is impacted.
Businesses are no different than healthcare.
Both are built at the N of 1.