Realizing vs. Recognizing The People You Work With

Do you take the time to realize who you’re working or interacting with?

In the business and Corporate culture there is lots of talk about taking the time  to recognize and reward the people you work with and/or your employees.  However, there’s hardly any talk about taking the time to realize who you’re working with.

Realizing who you’re working with is tougher.  It demands that you don’t wait till the end of a project or to see if the expected outcome is delivered and it requires that you get to know the people you’re working with and really pay attention to them.

Realizing who you’re working with has many more benefits too.

By taking the time to understand the potential of someone you get to work with (or lack thereof) you can help them achieve greater than what was originally asked.  Or, you can realize that the best thing to do is to stay out of their way.

In my own experience, realizing a few of the truly gifted people I got to work with (and some I still do) has allowed me to learn so much more than I otherwise would have and has hopefully allowed them to rely on me in a different way.

I wonder if everyone that worked with Steve Jobs in the very early days knew they were working with such a great mind, especially if his legendary personality rubbed them the wrong way.  I wonder who you’re working with right now that has an even greater mind and all you have to do to help let it flourish or learn from it is make the effort to realize.

Matt Kane

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