Investing in Weakness vs. Strength

Just as you cannot make an organization perform well by focusing on weaknesses, the same is true of individuals.  The best sports coaches focus on players’ strengths.  This is true whether the coach takes a positive approach like Tony Dungy, who encouraged the right behaviors, or negative coaching approaches such as Bobby Knight who worked to drive out undesirable behaviors.  In either case, they did not try to improve weaknesses, but focused instead on improving strengths.   Organizations spend a far greater share of training and development dollars on weak performers and relatively little on accelerating the development of high performers.  If this is a problem in your organization, the first step is to question your overall approach to people development.  The second step is to look at how you select new hires, how you match their skills to jobs, and how you spend your development budget.

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