Encouraged by a world that often doesn't look much beyond tomorrow, we often make decisions in isolation that seem a good idea at the time - only to regret them later. I understand the Danish perspective is that "at least when I wet myself it's warm....." (I find the Danes have a very pragmatic view on the world!).
This got me thinking. In the last 5 years I've NEVER been asked to bring candidates that could do the next job up. Yeah sure, they say there's the possibility of promotion, but that's never examined or considered at the time of the interview. "Let's get the right person on with the right skills, experience and network". "Let's make sure this hire can hit the ground running". "We can't afford to think about the future, 'cos we got to get through today".
Well I reckon that's going to be increasingly poor thinking. Organisations looking to grow now have limited built-in capacity for the future. They have taken on for the job of today. Along with that has come people they feel safe with; people who fit the company culture. Organisational culture has become more rigid, and that's going to hurt those outfits who want to grow. To win, companies will have to be more nimble and light on their feet. The danger is now that change is going to be even more challenging at the clones march to the steady beat of conformity. Uh-oh......
So two pleas to all of you now hiring:
An old best-boss of mine introduced me to point 2. He was a very wise man. I had a better business because of it.
So DON'T bring in the clones. They will march on regardless. You will need some who can dance to new tunes. And those who were lighter on their feet always had more fun anyway.
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