Toady on Freaky Friday: Bring your friends to the party*
18th November Leave a comment
This tactic is very likely to be successful in bigger companies, especially when you do this in environments that have an existing structure. It is likely to fail if you are just in a small company, when you are responsible to build up a new business unit or do firefighting. In this case hiring a friend can be a very successful measure, since you know the person you work with and you can build a team very fast. So we do not talk about project firefighting or development of new business units. It’s only worth a try, if you do it in a daily business area with existing structures. You will see a couple of interesting effects here.
The second effect is that it’s hard to replace the good guys. So the friend you put in place will very likely fail to fill out the position 100%. So in the view of the subordinates that means that you replaced a good person by an incompetent one. In retrospect even mediocre people can rise to heroes or martyr in such a situation. Also they assume – no matter how good your friend is – that he came only in place because he is your friend, not by his skills.
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