People Are NOT the Most Important “Asset” Of a Company

It sounds so good this story of how people are the most important ‘asset’ we have. Well, it may sound good but it’s a little far-fetched.

I mean if you have a bunch of non-performers, simply sitting around – probably they aren’t your most important people.


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A very old joke, so old that it’s pictured in black and white, states: When a CEO was asked how many persons are working in the company he runs, he answered calmly after a period of thorough thinking: ‘About half of them’.

In each company, people definitely make a difference.

Those people who put their soul into their work aren’t there for the count, those are the ones who are always willing to help. They are the people who invest themselves in making the best to please.

These are the people that carry a company further, the people that you, as manager, should be taking greater care of. If those leave, the loss is great and can never be measured by a damn excel sheet.

There are the people who deliver the best services or products, knowing that this contributes to their reputation (good name).

According to the British scientists, established for hundreds of years in America, the best performers account for 61% out of the entire department’s work.

If you are very good, you have the disadvantage to set a very high level of expectations and you won’t be applauded only for using the potty.

It’s not enough to have employees, they should also do their job. A good job. A very good job!

Those that perform and deliver should be treated differently and please don’t start with the whole bullshit of equal treatment.

Getting back to the most important ‘asset’ a company has, Jim Collins, wrote in his book ‘Good to Great’ – „People are not your most important asset. The right people are.”

In the same book, I read an idea that I really enjoyed and which holds a lot of wisdom “Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.”

Good luck busing!

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