You've heard of critical mass, right? That's the number of anything it takes to cause a tipping point.
Hiring rock stars is critical to any significant culture and environment change. You need people who embody what you seek and help perpetuate positive change.
Bring in too many rock stars and people might feel taken over.
Hire too few rock stars and the few that exist will either get worn down or leave.
You need just the right amount of rock star in your organization to imbue it with energy and focus.
Depending on the size of your organization, one per department might be about right. And it is important to have rock stars in a variety of functions or your organization will soon become very lopsided (I have a client that is in this situation).
And you need to align the organization and prime it for change. In addition to the RS Infusion, you will want to:
- Align roles
- Align expectations
- Align work planning
- Align dialogue
- Align priorities
And having a few rock stars makes a big difference in getting all this done and in place. My definition of a rock star manager?
- Very smart in a well rounded way. Strong business acumen.
- Results oriented - they get stuff done - well and fast.
- They build their organization and make it stronger and more nimble.
- They are flexible. In fact, you can put rock stars in charge of most any department and they will flourish.
- Open and responsive.
- They are not likely scanning Monster.com, by the way.
- They keep their commitments. If they said it would be done on Monday, it is.
- They make the team stronger and take the initiative to be candid and assertive when needed.
- People like working for them AND they are clear about what's most important.
Rock stars are the people you can put on any project and who you want involved. With the right support, rock stars can mentor an develop budding rock stars.
Think about your organization - who are the rock stars? Are you a rock star? You certainly can be a rock star as I believe anyone can achieve this level of performance with the right perspective, drive, and development.
Oh, and yes, rock stars are the opposite of bozos.
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