During a social network analysis class (not the Facebook type of social network), we were breaking down how work actually gets done in organizations when the instructor said,
“People in new positions fail because they don’t have the network needed to do their new job”
The quote meant a lot for me because I had just started a new role and because I have led groups that had new people in it many times. Finding out why some people in new roles fail and others thrive is very powerful information.
Relationships are key to getting work done in many organizations.
Here’s a great way to set up someone in a new role for success: make sure that the first couple projects they work on will increase the number of people they get to meet and start to build trust with in the new organization. Help them build a great network.
Maybe it’s not the most crucial project to the bottom line, but it could be the most crucial project to future success of the person you just hired, or yourself.
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 tough. 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.