This is the third in a four part series examining the process of hiring, training, and developing efficient teams. Today we examine the importance of putting people in positions that allow them to best leverage their skillset. 

Put your people in position to succeed.

It may sound easy and obvious, but I can’t tell you how often business owners that I work with don’t stay true to this principle.

Think about the game of football for a moment. For a team to be successful, a number of players with very different skills must work together. On offense, you need several players with overwhelming strength in order to block the defense. You need players with the ability to run with the ball effectively. You need a quarterback to lead the unit and to make decisions while distributing the football. Imagine if the coach of your hometown team placed one of his linemen at the quarterback. It’s a ridiculous idea that would result in spectacular failure and yet, many businesses make exactly this mistake.

It’s critical that you understand that each employee is unique. In order to maximize the value that each of your employees provides to your company, you must put them in a position to best use their unique skills and abilities. Don’t try to fit a square peg into a round hole!

Keep this concept in mind when you’re hiring. If you’re looking for a specific position, you should have specific attributes in mind. One mistake that I see business owners make far too often is making a bad hire because they are impressed with a candidate’s overall skills or personality, despite the fact that he or she doesn’t possess the right skillset for the job. Remember that you’re hiring for a specific job, and that you need a specific type of person in order to get the job done right.

As a business owner, you need your team to take your business where you want it to go. Putting your employees in positions that match up well with their skills will help them to feel happier and more fulfilled and it will allow you to maximize the value they provide to your business. You want your people to be productive, so give them a chance! Put your people in position to succeed.