Years ago, I bought my dream car: a three-year-old 1984 BMW 528e. Suddenly, I started noticing other BMWs just like mine on the road everywhere.
Psychologists tell us that this is the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, otherwise known as frequency illusion or recency illusion. This occurs when the thing you’ve just noticed, experienced, or been told about, suddenly seems to crop up constantly.
Look At The Numbers
My clients begin to experience this phenomenon shortly after we start working together. Once they understand “Right People/Right Seat,” they begin to see them inside their company. They also begin to see “Wrong People/Wrong Seat” combinations.
A typical company with 100 people may have 10 to 20 “Right People/Right Seat” and 10 to 20 “Wrong People/Wrong Seat” or even “Wrong People/Right Seat.” I have no hard statistics, but whether you have 10, 50, 100, or 300 people, this has been a consistent pattern among my clients.
In the middle, you may have 60 to 80 people who you’re not sure which way they will go. And this can be scary. Clients start thinking, “Can we afford to lose this person? That person?” We immediately begin a triage process and prioritize our new employee searches.
At this point, I immediately say, “Expect turnover.” And basically, expect a type of war. Our goal with our Core Values and over-communicating our Vision will be to champion those Right People in the Right Seats and convert the hearts and minds of as many of the other 80+ people to acceptable levels of behavior on our Core Values.
But some will simply NOT make it, and that’s OK. This is to be expected.
Embrace Good Turnover
One client said, “I’m upset and not sure if EOS® is working for us. We’ve had a lot of turnover lately.” So I said, “Let’s IDS™ the issue.”
We did a People Analyzer™ on the 10 people who had left the company. Eight of them were Wrong People who were not a Core Values fit. One was a “Right Person/Wrong Seat,” and we did not have another seat for them. Only one was a “Right Person/Right Seat,” and as hard as it may feel, you will lose some of them every now and then. In the end, the client felt much better after seeing that 80% – 90% of the turnover was “good turnover.”
So, is it worth it? YES! When you weed out the Wrong People, the Right People tend to thrive as they never have before. I have had several clients report that they’ve seen an overall 10% – 20% reduction in their workforce while doing the level sales volume year-over-year. In other words, they have 90 people doing the work that it used to take 100 to do. Having the Right People in the Right Seats could save you 10% – 20% of your total payroll cost!
Yes, it can be aggravating to have to hire and on-board so many people. But if you ask them if it’s worth it in the end, my clients all say a resounding “YES!”
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Written by Ken DeWitt
This post originally appeared on the EOS Worldwide Blog.