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Posted by Deanna Singh | Feb 6, 2020 1:54:16 PM

The Failsume is back!  What happens when you don't bring the proper expertise and instead you work with somebody who's just not ready for the current challenge?  Find out what I do to avoid this mistake!    

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are they ready for the challenge?

What happens when you don't bring the proper expertise and instead you work with somebody who's just not ready for the current challenge? This bites me over and over again. I'm a really loyal person. When I make a commitment to someone, I like to say with them even through the good and bad times. 

for the most part, being loyal is a good characteristic.

Sometimes it's not great in business especially when I love to mentor. When I find great people, I want to help them get to the next level -- it's built into my DNA.  Mentoring is also my job because I'm a coach and I love it.  When I'm the client though, it's not the best arrangement.

I'm also loyal because finding new talent is expensive and time consuming.  I just want to go with somebody I already know and trust. 

But here's the problem: it ends up costing me just as much if I am not in a good place and the person is not ready for the task.

I can also get resentful if somebody is doing the work, but they're not living up to my expectations. This relationship sets us both up for failure. It also takes up more time and costs more because sometimes, I have to go back and redo the task.

let me tell you what I've learned  

Instead of just bringing people in, it's important to set up a trial. A trial is an opportunity to see how your potential contractor or employee works.  It helps to show them what you can do and see whether or not you're ready to move to the next level.

I also take into consideration all the costs, not just the immediate costs, but the long-term commitments as well.  This has helped me make some really important business decisions.

Here's my question to you: have you ever elevated somebody who just wasn't ready for the position, and what are you going to do the next time?

THE FAILSUME

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Topics: Skills, Life, Initiative, leadership, personal development

Written by Deanna Singh

Deanna Singh is a business consultant, speaker, and podcaster who is internationally recognized for her work in leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Deanna helps her clients create more equitable and inclusive work environments and engage more authentically within their internal and external communities. A gifted communicator, she is a champion for marginalized communities through her work. Her podcast, Uplifting Impact with a focus on looking at the intersection of Leadership and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, focuses on solutions and is directed at people who want to break the status quo. Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Cornell University.

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