Your business leadership skills will be truly tested when you hire someone smarter than you. This is what experts say. This is because managing someone who is smarter or even someone who believes he is smarter is tough. This holds true for all organizations from a lean startup to Facebook.
So, how do you go on about team building with some smarter employees? How does talent management come into play under these circumstances? We have some tips!
Develop A Common Language For The Entire Team
Business communication is vital in any organization. That is the reason why it is recommended that you establish one language based on background and department. This will make sure that everyone understands what’s going on and that the communication issues are nullified.
There Is No I In TEAM
Make the use of “we” a habit in the workplace. “I” should be replaced as soon as possible. This simple exercise will help bring team members closer and minimize ego, if any, in the smarter people. Some smarter people tend to make it about themselves because they feel superior. They may have done most of the work but they had help and support from the other members. That is why the use of “we” is paramount. A successful organization has a great team with excellent business communication.
Give Collaboration More Importance Than Intelligence Quotient (IQ) During Interviews
During interviews you surely look at factors such as work style. Along with that, experts say that you should see whether the potential employee is collaborative. The interview session will definitely help you determine that. Many large organizations reject excellent candidates because they didn’t see team building and collaborative qualities in them. You should do the same. Ability to gel and work together as a team is very important no matter how smart one may be.
Effective business communication is possible only when there’s uniformity and understanding in the workplace. This can prevail only when you learn how to manage the smarter employees.
There are smart employees and there are smarter employees. Having them work together as a team can be a challenge but it is your responsibility to make that happen by employing a few unsaid rules such as hiring the collaborative ones and developing common grounds of language for everyone.