Picking the right people is hard. Just ask Joe Gibbs, former coach of the NFL's Washington Redskins, who highlighted the keynote luncheon at ESX in Charlotte two weeks ago. One of the toughest jobs any professional sports team has is finding new employees to fill crucial roles. A LOT of time, research, energy and testing goes into their decision-making.
While companies in the electronic security industry don't necessarily have the same tools for analysis at their disposal, it's no less critical, as our businesses grow and change, that we think through what we need in terms of employee skill sets.
One of the staples of life is change. It might occur quickly. Change might occur incrementally. People retire. New products come on the market. Our businesses must adapt, and who we pick to help us navigate the waters in the years ahead is critical to our bottom line.
Evaluate your employees. Establish clearly what it is that you want them to do. Then analyze how they've done for the past year or the last six months. Give them feedback to work on specific tasks. Provide training, as necessary.
Each position you have in your company is different, and requires a unique skill set. Your reviews of employees should reflect that. One size does not fit all.
Football has offense and defense, receivers and linemen. We have office managers, technicians, sales people, administrative staff. Take time to find the right people for the specific job, and keep reinforcing them on their critical job requirements and you'll keep your team at the top of the standings, as Gibb did consistently over the years.
We're not football, but as Gibbs pointed out in his talk, we can all take some lessons away from the methods he used to place the right people in the right positions.