The indecisive employee
post # 539 — April 30, 2008 — a Managing, Strategy, Strategy and the Fat Smoker post
A reader from Russia wrote in with this:
After reading Strategy and the Fat Smoker, I made a research in our company to find out the types of people who work with me. It was very positive because I found out that we have:
- 75% of employees with long term and team motivation
- 15% – wolf pack
- 5% – individualist
- 5% – spider
It was funny that after this research two managers-individualists left the service at once and other employees were very happy about it.
I have one question to you: how can we determine the type of person if he can’t clearly answer the questions about his motivation, for example:
1. He wants to be motivated 50% by team result and 50% by individual result
2. He wants to invest time to have long term result but don’t want to lose money in short term period
I’d suggest taking him out to dinner and pointing out that he cannot get what he wants in life if he doesn’t make choices! If he continues to go back and forward, I’d point out that he won’t be comfortable with with the rerst of the team, and they won’t be comfortable with him. It might be time to move on.
What do the rest of you think? Would you be more “accomodating”? Does everyone have to be oriented the same way?