Hello Hammer, Meet Nail

Hello Hammer, Meet Nail
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“This is merely a friendly reminder. Don’t follow in the footsteps of these “ready, fire, aim” decision-makers. They have the best of intentions, but often inadvertently make things worse.”
- Dr. Todd Dewett

 

It’s one of the most common workplace mistakes: applying the wrong solution to a situation simply because you went with your “go to” move. Hammer, meet nail. This conundrum is typically driven by haste and a lack of appreciation for situational variance.

 

Unfortunately, one size does not fit all. Every problem involves different people, different work, and a different context.

 

Sadly, we’ve all met the hammer guy. They come in many shapes and sizes. I once worked with the “Hey, let’s white board this thing” guy. He truly believed that any conversation could be made better if he could diagram it while you talked to him. Of course, we’ve all known the “let’s call a meeting” person. No decision, even the smallest, can be accomplished effectively without the team’s input !I’ve also met the “360” guy who wanted to start all performance interventions of any kind with a cumbersome 360 degree evaluation.

 

Dr. Todd Dewett | Founding member, HRExaminer Editorial Advisory Board

This is merely a friendly reminder. Don’t follow in the footsteps of these “ready,

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