Baseball season started me thinking about how we build our own teams. In Baseball it begins in the farm system, but they also have Winter Meetings, where they can trade and get players to make their team ready to meet the challenge of the 162 game season. Certainly there are times when it would be nice for us to go out and grab some free agents, or possibly even trade for a player to be named later.
The reality of things is that most times we must work with the cards we are dealt. While transferring a “less than desirable” firefighter off your group may seem like a good idea, all it does is shift the burden of your problems to someone else. And if ”A” shift has an “all star” then they are not likely to hand him over willingly.
So what are we supposed to do?
I remember reading about people that don’t meet your expectations. The line of reasoning was that rather than writing them off, you should consider that maybe they just have not had the opportunity to prove themselves to you.
The gist is the everyone has the potential, you just have to work it out of them.
To further the comparison to professional sports, how many teams have acquired a mediocre player only to have him shine with the right combination of teammates and management? By being put in the right place, anyone can reach their true potential.
Does this mean that behind every badge is a Tom Brennan or Ray Downey? Or a (insert name here) from your Department? No. It means that as a company officer you have the obligation to try and bring the best out each employee. Certainly personalities and other factors limit your ability to do this. However at the end of the day, that is what your job is.