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Te authors also suggest that great managers focus on each of their people’s strengths and manage around their weaknesses. In other words, don’t try to perfect each of your employees, rather do everything to help them become more of who they already are. Tis does not mean that employees cannot learn to do things differently. Skills and knowledge are fluid. Talent, however, is not.


Further, great managers spend most of their time with their best employees. Tis is a true break in conventional wisdom, however upon reflection I realized this is truly the fairest approach for the workforce as a whole, and it’s really the only way to reach excellence. Te best managers don’t use “average” but “excellent” as the standard to judge performance. Tose employees who are already performing above av- erage are the ones most likely to reach excellence.


Skills and knowledge are fluid. Talent, however, is not.


What does this all mean for aspiring green industry leaders? Don’t be afraid to break some rules along the way.


About the author Larry Fish, GCLP is President and Founder of GreenSearch, which provides human capital and recruiting solutions for the Green Industry nationwide.


E-mail: larry@greensearch.com Phone: 770.392.1771


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