A Fish in The Tree

There are some things I do pretty well.  There are some things, let say for example, the second semester of calculus, that I don’t do so well (i.e., not my gift).

We all have areas where we excel, and areas where we just struggle.

Albert Einstein said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Do you have fish in your company trying to climb trees?  Do you really think telling them to try harder will change the outcome?

Find the fish in your company that are lost in the forest, place them in the pond where they belong, and watch them flourish.

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  1. Alan, great post! It does seem that many people try to be what they are not. As a manager, it’s hard sometimes to know whether those people are a “fish out of water” or frankly just not very good employees. Good managers have a knack for telling the difference and developing their team members so that each one is able to perform at his best.

    • Jay, you are absolutely right. There are some people that are just not good employees (for a variety of reasons). That’s when management has the unenviable task of showing someone the door.


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