Are you a football fan?
I've been a big fan since I was a little kid.
This morning I was reading that the Indianapolis Colts benched their new quarterback.
Over the past five years, they signed five new quarterbacks and benched every one of them.
The coach has his unique system for their offense, and none of these quarterbacks are thriving.
In the 1980s, Bill Walsh was the coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
The team was awful when he took over.
They drafted Joe Montana to be their quarterback, but he was slow and didn't have a strong arm.
Critics were complaining it was a bad draft choice.
Walsh saw something special in Montana and designed his offense to use Montana's strengths and minimize his weaknesses.
Joe Montana led the 49ers to four Super Bowls because the system was designed around his strengths.
The Colts coach is searching for a quarterback that fits his system instead of adapting his system to play to the strengths of the quarterback.
I've seen this scenario play out in the corporate world too.
People doing jobs that didn't fit their strengths made them uncomfortable.
I had one employee who was hired as a PC tech who had excellent customer service skills.
Problem was, he couldn't fix a computer if his life depended on it.
One time he spent two days trying to fix the mouse on a PC.
The PC user was one of our PITA users who complained about every tech, no matter how good they were.
This time was different.
He loved the tech who couldn't fix a mouse.
I had a hard decision to make.
The new tech's 90-day probationary period was ending a few days before Christmas.
I had to let him go or figure out a way to play to his strengths.
Instead of letting him go, we moved him to our help desk where he thrived.
Don't try to fit a square peg into a round hole.
Match their strengths to their role and watch them thrive.