Modern Middle Manager
Primarily my musings on the practical application of technology and management principles at a financial services company.
A Question Every Manager Should Ask

Thursday, April 29, 2004  

Pete Kruckenberg asks why people don't emphasize the potential strengths of others instead of trying to fix their weaknesses. I understand the desire to make everyone stronger and help them to be more of what they can be. In the management world, where Pete aims his last comment, let me give my perspective. Let's say an employee is great with people but lousy with detail. This hypothetical employee wants to be in an IT department. A lack of attention to detail is a killer if this person wants to be anything but a help desk support specialist or a trainer. That's a weakness that needs to be "fixed" before someone can advance. Strengths need some encouragement and direction to grow. Weakness needs more than that -- it requires discipline and effort to overcome. By focusing on improving weakness, a manager can round out someone with potential.

posted by Henry Jenkins | 4/29/2004 08:47:00 PM

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