To measure team talents, you should start with a needs analysis. Impulsive decision making is best avoided. Instead, begin with gathering all the evidence. It makes a lot of sense, and in the end, it will save you a lot of stress avoids wasting time and money.
In his book “First Break All The Rules”, Marcus Buckingham points out that exhaustive scientific studies have confirmed some very interesting facts about the worlds best manager.
- They are a very diverse group of people with little in common
- They share a common belief.
What is this core belief held by most of the worlds successful managers? Well the answer is not that simple, and you would do well to read his book but there are two standouts. They believe that people should be recruited on character, not solely on skills and talents.
Hiring decisions are often made on skills, but when it comes to firing, it is usually about the character of the individual.
The second thing they agree on is that developing a role around talents will get spectacular results, whereas trying to fix up weaknesses will only generate (“Yawn”) promoting weaknesses.
Once you have collected all the information you need, you are in a strong position to make wise decisions.