In this video, David Roche, president of Hotels.com, discusses why you need a team with diverse weaknesses as well as diverse strengths. What do you think?
August 22, 2012
Learning to tolerate people’s weaknesses is very important. I had to learn how to tolerate my own and try to balance them out with my strength’s. You also need to learn how to tolerate your co-workers weaknesses to lessen your frustration at work.
I can agree with this comment, however I think its important to have the right kind of management in place to facilitate this. I have seen too often where managers are just not saavy enough to capitalize on the strengths and weaknesses thus leaving the employees with no direction.
First of all, I believe the word “tolerate” is heavy handed when it comes to having a conversation about peer or employee weakness. In my opinion, it sets the wrong tone for the article.
Moving to the topic, it is equally important to celebrate employee strengths, as it is, to identify targeted areas for continued growth and development. Employees can be thought of as unique pieces of a very large puzzle. Not every piece fits, just anywhere, but they are all critical to achieving a finished product. It is up to keen HR representatives and managers alike to continue to ask: What does this employee do better than most? Successful businesses will capitalize on employee strengths, and see this as just half the battle. To the other end, it is just as critical to expose hidden interests and areas of improvement (otherwise known as weaknesses), where new strengths can be identified and further developed. Talent is in fact, made!
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