Byron's Babbles

People Decisions

Posted in Uncategorized by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on July 19, 2015

freewillPeople decisions – hiring, promotion, and dismissal – are the most important decisions an organization makes. According to Maciariello (2014) the right procedure for making these decisions involves:

  1. Thinking through the job assignment.
  2. Interviewing a number of people for the job.
  3. Looking at what each candidate has done well in the past.
  4. Discussing a candidate’s performance with those with whom he or she has previously worked.
  5. Being very clear about the specific assignment to the candidate selected, to the point of having the candidate repeat the description of the assignment to the executive.

A Year With Peter Drucker (Maciariello, 2014, p. 225)

IMG_2908This fits very well with the three questions that I keep posted on the white board in my office at all times:

  1. What are these people doing?
  2. Are they doing the right things?
  3. …Then, making what they are doing more visible to everyone.

Drucker believed that when people do poorly in their first assignment, that they do have a chance of doing well in their second. He learned to measure the success rate of people on their second assignment in the form of a casualty rate of those placed in retraining. The success rate of individuals in their second assignment, after not having success in his or her first assignment, is the best measure of the way we prepare people (Maciariello, 2014). The second chance job success rate, therefore is a good indication of the soundness of your organization’s training.

year-with-peter-druckerAfter reading this week’s entry I do believe that, at least in my own case, we need to do a better job of giving individuals who have been moved within the organization a second chance, with training, in another position. Or, maybe even give them the opportunity to go back to his or her old position. As was discussed earlier in the post, we also need to do a better job of selecting people for promotions and moves. Furthermore, organizations that offer people a second chance along with appropriate training for the new position achieve good success rates for people in second assignments. The right job for people who fail repeatedly may be in another organization.

“People given a second chance usually come through. If people try, give them a second chance.” ~ Peter Drucker


Maciariello, J. A. (2014). A year with Peter Drucker: 52 weeks of coaching for leadership effectiveness. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.


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