Is Patching Leaks Ever The Answer?


“Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”  ~ Warren Buffet

Warren Buffet has stated that you should find a job you love going to because why would you want to jump out of bed to go to a job that you do not like.

I have to agree.  When I am interviewing people I really try to not only find the right person for the job, but I want to make sure that the job is the right one for the person applying for it.

Sometimes the match works wonderfully, but I have to admit it does not always turn out with a happy ending.

As a young manager I used to keep “misfits” too long hoping they would come around and love their job and be productive employees.  This never turned out well and caused much stress on everyone in the practice prior to leading up to their discharge or quitting.

A manager who is engaged and interacts with their employees on a daily basis can tell very quickly if their new hire and the job are a good fit.

From before they were hired a new employee needs to be told the conversation will continue daily to make sure that they and their position are right for each other.

By having open communication I have actually had a couple of employees tell me after a month or two that the job is not right for them. Being open works out well as they do not feel the usual pressure one feels when you want to turn in your resignation.

I have even had resigning employees give me good leads to a friend whom the job just might be right for.

When I read the quote above, I immediately thought of mismatched employees to job positions and remembered how I use to try to patch the leaking boat and waste energy and cause stress for the employee, myself and the entire office. Now, I just change vessels and sail along.

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