Wendywoman on Unfavorable Comparisons…

Reporter Query:

Looking for advice and stories about how to handle replacing a successful employee to avoid unfavorable comparisons.

Every business, when operating at its optimum, equates to a perfectly balanced ecosystem.   Much like the organisms inside a particular ecosystem are dependent on each other, inter dependencies exist between employees in an organization.  So what happens when one key employee leaves and the ecosystem immediately is out of whack?  The secret to restoring balance to the ecosystem is NOT to try and change the existing organization, but to make certain the new element, the new hire you introduce, will restore the balance over the next 90 days.  That means making the right hire.  That means don’t hire the resume, hire the person. Your new leader should be willing to check their ego at the door.  They understand that they cannot show up as the new kid on the block, replacing a successful employee that has left, and demand respect.  Trust and respect are earned.  Often the downfall of new leaders is that they want people to believe they are perfect and have the answers for everything.  They demand everyone’s respect because they have a title that implies power.   Wielding their power in that fashion is akin to electricity, instead of lighting up the room, it will electrocute everyone.  The due diligence required to hire a new leader has changed over the past decade.  Unfortunately, hiring practices often have not.  Harmony, rhythm, and balance will be restored to the organizational ecosystem shortly after introducing the “right” person to the mix.