Let us adapt jobs to people
Conventional business thinking seeks to find the “right person for the job”. Imagine we did the opposite: Imagine if we worked hard to “find the right job for the person”.
Most jobs fit most persons quite badly. I am a mathematician by education, but I can do ten times more than that: textwriting, photography, drama, lead others, author, professor, manage finances, think out new visions, develop new products and services, sell, sing and dance! Imagine I took a job as, CTO, Chief Technology Officer, which is what my formal qualifications would justify (I was once deputy director of Risø National Laboratory!). I would be able to evaluate new technologies and plan projects and establish contracts with other institutions and suppliers. But this would only make use of ten per cent of my capabilities and I would be bored to death.
So I suggest we turn HR upside down: Let us take the people we have, as the starting point, and let us then establish a mechanism that will allow each person to design his or her dream job. Something that makes use of much more of our capabilities.
The result: Happier people and so much more energy and action.