Resource Allocation: Having the Right People in the Right Seats
As a best practice, business leaders want their team members to have the range of experience and curiosity that will allow the enterprise to thrive — both today and tomorrow. You can argue that what we all know is made up of our experiences, what we read, watch and listen to, and who we talk with. If so, how does your team stack up and are they all playing in the right positions and sitting in the right seats? Longevity and loyalty are valued in any business, but so are new ideas.
The challenges come as the markets are disrupted and the playing field becomes slanted. There are new rules, and new opportunities. The strategy that worked three years ago may no longer be effective. As these changes take effect, it’s critical to evaluate whether your team members are still in the right role. Things change, the markets change, your customers change — make sure that your play book, your starting lineup, and your bench have kept pace with the times.
Team members often take it upon themselves to continue to learn and become more proficient in their area of expertise. These are referred to as lifelong learners. For these folks, it just seems natural. Others will learn new things too, but may need a bit of coaxing to get started. This is important to be aware of as most companies say that their biggest strength and differentiator is their people. Organizations that thrive on a continuous learning philosophy anchor their ability to attract like-minded employees. Digging deeper, you might also find these companies are those that bring innovative ideas to their clients, and utilize the latest technology. I don’t think these accomplishments are by accident.
As the leader of the business, you get to decide who is on the team and what seats they sit in. Companies are made up of a mix of employees. Some long term loyalists, and others with experience, but relatively new to your business. You also have a group of younger, less experienced folks who are looked at as the up and comers. Whatever your mix, your responsibility it to field your best team, day after day.
Making time to work on the business and helping your team members be their best should be a top priority. Please add any comments or questions below. Good luck!
Mike Philie can help validate what’s working and what may need to change in your business. Changing the trajectory of a business is difficult to do while simultaneously operating the core competencies. Mike provides strategy and insight to owners and CEOs in the Graphic Communications Industry by providing direct and realistic assessments, not being afraid to voice the unpopular opinion and helping leaders navigate change through a common sense and practical approach. Learn more at www.philiegroup.com, LinkedIn or email at email@example.com.
Mike Philie leverages his 28 years of direct industry experience in sales, sales management and executive leadership to share what’s working for companies today and how to safely transform your business. Since 2007, he has been providing consulting services to privately held printing and mailing companies across North America.
Mike provides strategy and insight to owners and CEOs in the graphic communications industry by providing direct and realistic assessments, not being afraid to voice the unpopular opinion, and helping leaders navigate change through a common sense and practical approach.