- What skills and passions does this person have, and what type of team can make the most of them?
- What kind of leader will help this person flourish and tap into their strengths?
- What types of personalities will this person struggle to work with, and can you address it early, make it safe to talk about, and help ensure success?
- What systems and processes will help this person thrive in their new role? Are they used to bootstrapping and fixing things themselves, or used to large infrastructures and deep resources to call upon?
- What culture will this person experience in their new role? Are they nimble enough to assimilate into a strong culture, or are they influential enough to lead and breed a new and better culture?
- Is this person moving from an individual contributor to a leadership role? Are they able to identify, and perhaps let go of, some of the traits that made them successful and learn new skills to inspire and lead others? Are you in a position to help coach this person and help them be successful?
- What are the seemingly small, self-defeating traits you’ve noticed in this individual? Can considerate and courageous coaching minimize them or even turn them into assets?
- Which changes could you make in your own style to better ensure their success and impact in their new role?
FROM MESS TO SUCCESS: PLACE THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT ROLES
- Identify someone’s true passions and strengths so you can align those to your business needs.
- Use the list of questions in this challenge to assess whether someone could play a different role.
- Seek others’ ideas about your observations and opinions.
- Have courageous conversations to address situations around personality, emotional maturity, self- awareness, etc. (By the way, too many leaders skip this bullet and move on to the next.)
- Exercise the courage to remedy any misalignments.
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