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Just Not a Good Fit

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Just Not a Good Fit

On the bulletin board behind my desk, smack in the middle is a sign that says, “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”

It’s easy to see when you’re sitting across from me at the desk. Straight ahead, there it is. Clear message, clear motto.

A woman came to work for IPS Realty with a stunning resume and great references. I hired her. She started the job.

Two weeks in, she submitted a report that was grammatically sloppy and missing key information. She sat in the chair across from me at my desk as I asked her, “What is your plan, operationally, to correct the errors and deficiencies that we have?”

This was on a Wednesday, and she said, “I’ll have that for you by Monday, maybe Tuesday.”

Straight ahead, the message loud and clear. Maybe she didn’t see it. Maybe she chose to ignore it.

Two weeks in and I had to let her go. It was just not a good fit. At least that’s what I told her when she asked why I was letting her go. I said no more than that, even when she asked again.

The signs on the wall, metaphorically and literally, tell you what you need to know, where you need to be. If you choose not to follow them, isn’t that your problem?

Brent Maxwell

Written by Brent Maxwell

Brent Maxwell is the founding partner of IPS Realty

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