Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The Downside of the Good
Disasters and setbacks get a lot of attention and study but it also pays to explore the downside of the good.
For example, a large organization that has high turn-over will immediately set off alarm bells but what about a large organization with almost no turn-over? It is possible that the place has a termination phobia and is keeping employees who should have been terminated.
Another example: an organization that has high selection standards. Are the standards truly related to job performance or is an applicant with a flashy degree automatically regarded as better qualified than one with extensive and relevant experience?
Vigorously examine the "good" and often you'll find that its rationale is fragile.
And be prepared to hear "We've always done it that way."
Posted by Michael Wade at 5:00 AM