Unique Ability Organization Redux

By Douglas Weinstein
Published on: May 31, 2019

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Getting the right butts in the right seats on the bus is a goal for any enlightened business leader. I touched on the Unique Ability Organization some time ago – the basic concept is that everyone has a unique ability and that ability should be the focal point of their day-to-day business activity. Weighing people down with tasks they are unsuited for or unable to master leads to burn out, boredom, and bitching. It’s why a lot of people move on and look for new work.

The O.C. Tanner company reported that the #1 job satisfaction qualifier was this statement: “Every day I get to do what I do best.”

Anyway, TIG/TD is at that very crossroads, as we’ve grown and expanded exponentially over the past 2+ years. Some of us have taken on tasks that we aren’t necessarily great at or even want to be in charge of, but that’s what happens as a company grows. And some of our teams need tweaking, matching like minds and like capabilities. We’re about to look internally and make sure that each person is doing what they love and what they are gifted at, and working with others who share the same mindset and personality type. Refocus our efforts as we continue to grow.

The neat thing about the Unique Ability Organization is that after you get the right butts in the right seats, there is still work that needs to be done and isn’t assigned to anyone. Once you identify those tasks, you’ll know exactly what to look for in your next hire. There is a perfect person waiting to take on job responsibilities that the rest of your team aren’t interested in or are incapable of fulfilling. A good example is our new senior editor George McClure. He’s taking over certain project work and writing/editing responsibilities that he likes to do, is good at, and that others weren’t so crazy about having on their plate. What you might call a win-win all the way around.

Revisit the Unique Ability Organization. Get your people doing what they do best – every day.

Douglas Weinstein

Douglas Weinstein

Doug is the Editor and co-founder of the Technology Insider Group and Technology Designer Magazine. Previously, he was the Executive Director and co-founder of the Elf Foundation, a non-profit organization that created Room of Magic entertainment theaters in children's hospitals across North America.

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