Employee development is important. It’s not easy, but it’s not hard. When you embrace your employee’s unique capabilities, some will surprise you with their enthusiasm and new ideas. The difficult part is giving them permission to try their new ideas knowing they’ll fail. Make sure they fail early and fail small.
If you’re in a position of authority, don’t try to act like you know everything because no one does. And don’t argue when you’re not sure you’re right, or dismiss new ideas without thinking. Do all you can to inspire a free flow of new ideas and enthusiasm from your employees.
Good Employees are easy
Good employees are doers. Give them specific tasks to do and they execute happily. They like their job and want to keep doing what they’ve been doing with no interest in developing beyond their current areas of expertise. Every company needs good employees to succeed.
Don’t try to develop good employees that aren’t interested. If you force the issue, you’ll both get frustrated or angry, and they may leave. You want to think good riddance, but you need them. The difficult part is realizing you need them and want them to keep doing what they’ve been doing.
Great Employees are harder
Great employees are doers and thinkers. You give them specific tasks to do and they execute, but they question everything. They drive you nuts, but they lead you, educate you, make you think about things outside your areas of expertise. Their enthusiasm and new ideas strain you because they’re constantly forcing you out of your comfort zone.
You need to develop great employees or they may leave. You want to think good riddance, but you need them. The difficult part is realizing you need and want them to learn, to strain you, to lead you. Let them explain their new ideas and try them with enthusiasm knowing they’ll fail. Make sure they fail early and fail small.