I had a great conversation with my father recently about how he hired and managed staff. It was not uncommon for him to have several hundred people under him in places he worked. My question to him was, “What did you look for when you hired people and what were the parameters in which you worked?”
His response was short…and really good.
“First, I would figure out, are you lazy? If you are lazy, you won’t make it on my team.
Second, are you for the leader? There are leaders who will be over you. Will you support them? If not, go work some place you can support the leadership.
After those that, then I’m going to let you have responsibility, empower you to do the work, and then let you go do the work without hovering over you, micromanaging you, or stopping you every time you want to push the envelope. I’m going to hold you accountable, but I’m not going to be in the middle of your business. You have a job to do, and I’m going to give you the freedom to do it. If you can’t cut it, it’s time to leave. If you can, you will be rewarded.”
Then he said:
“Those who could, did.
Those who couldn’t, left.”
Expectations and empowerment!