Getting our people strategy right is a huge challenge. All leaders know it and struggle. If only we were better at this.
The first challenge is the hiring challenge. Steve Jobs rightly narrowed this down to hiring smart people.
The second is learning, as leaders, to not micro-manage. That can be a tough one for the smart managers we have hired. How do we create more autonomy with abdicating commitment to a shared vision?
The third challenge is to listen strategically. Smart employees always have really great ideas. How do we harness that? How will we sort out, from all the right ideas, the ones that will move us ahead? How do we create focus?
“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” Steve Jobs