Executives: Beware Trying to "Fix" Those Who Don't Fit

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Maya Angelou
This has been my favorite saying when it comes to refining and improving business cultures.  I am constantly in debate with amazing leaders who live the values that they espouse. However, the blind spot many of them have is that they always think they can “fix” people who don’t fit the culture, or display the values of the organization. These people are often productive and have talent, but they just don’t fit.
On the other hand, the people who are the heart and soul of these organizations, and the real leaders, are not given the attention they deserve because we are trying to fix the C players.
Returning to Maya’s saying, when someone shows you who they are, believe them. My belief is, it’s probably not going to change.
A great lady passed this week, but I will not forget her messages or legacy.
Weekly Wisdom by Jerry Rollins, CEO and Chairman of Sage Executive Group