The Six Realities
adapted from The Gifted
by Dale Dauten
Over the past year, as I searched for the best bosses
in America, I came to have such respect for their many virtues -- their human
understanding, their honor and dignity, their sensitivity and humor -- I began
to think of them as "gifted," in the same way we think of gifted athletes.
That's why when I assembled their lessons into a book, I called it "The Gifted
Boss." Just as studying gifted athletes can help raise anyone's athletic
performance, there is much to learn from the workplaces created by gifted
bosses, including these overriding lessons:
THE SIX REALITIES OF GIFTED BOSSES AND GREAT
- Both gifted bosses and great employees want
the same things from a workplace:
- Freedom from...
- mediocrity, and
- A change.
- A chance.
- Gifted bosses don't just hire employees, they
- Great employees don't have jobs, they have
talents. They enter the job market once (if at all), and thereafter their
talents are spotted, courted and won over.
- Great bosses and employees often reverse the
typical job search: instead of the employee doing the "hunting," it¹s the
boss. The process more resembles a "talent search" than a job market.
- While many gifted bosses have virtually no
turnover, many others embrace substantial turnover, and become masters of "the
secret skill" of firing.
- An alliance between a gifted boss and a great
employee is a kinship of talent, often creating a bond that can last a
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