Friday, December 8, 2017

Microstory 730: Credos, Convention Five: Congruence

The fifth canister was deeper, and the wandering child had run out of hands and feet, so he stuck his whole arm into it. There was a man who owned a profitable organization. His business started out small, but grew when the demand for his product increased. One year, he decided he needed an explosion in production if he was going to be able to keep up with this demand. To accomplish this, he’d need to hire massive numbers of people, all at once. But he knew he would not be able to do this alone, and that he needed to hire the right people for the right positions, rather than simply gathering as many as possible. So at first, he focused only on building a team responsible for recruiting the rest of the factory’s labor force. This proved to be even more difficult than he thought, and was quickly becoming a bad omen for the planned hiring explosion. The recruitment team he chose argued and argued, and was unable to get any real work done. One recruiter valued experience over education, while another valued the opposite. One wanted them to all work on the recruitment together, while another wanted each of them to find their own fraction, and put them together. It would seem that they could not agree on a single thing. If the owner could not build a team to find all the other teams, how was he ever going to reach his business goals? This should have been the easy part. Overhearing his complaints at a bar, a woman he had not met before approached the owner, and offered her services. She claimed to know how to build the perfect team. “You have hired the best recruiters you could find, correct?” she asked. “Yes, of course,” he replied. “I only want the best.” “Well, that is your problem,” she said. “Just because they have had the most success independently, does not mean they will be successful together. Their ideals are incongruous. You must find people with not only the same goals as each other, but also the same as you. The team must be able to work together. Even a group of amateurs can come to great things when afforded the opportunity, if they find a way to work well together. The owner of the business let all of his new employees go, and instead searched for people who were a little more like him. And the business grew.

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