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Jump Ships Internally

Succeeding because your employee does

Employees can pursue their self-interest and fulfill the company’s agenda at the same time. If there’s a match or alignment between what we want and what they want, the results will be twofold: While they’re busy satisfying themselves, they’ll satisfy the company’s objectives, too. They succeed, we succeed – Ricardo Semler

In a Nutshell

Prioritizing internal hiring is a policy that offers multiple benefits, albeit ones that may not be obvious immediately. Prioritizing internal shifts between departments accelerates efficiency and minimizes miscommunication. This policy is an important, but underrated way to develop empathy among employees, as well as a better understanding of the challenges and needs of different departments.

Let’s assume a company needs to have a team dedicated to a big client. If it already has a robust internal hire policy, the company can play around with the internal resources (the employees) available immediately to build a specific team, on-demand, with the best skills to work with this new client. Having this policy makes it easier to shape new teams and structures, not only structurally but also substantively: People will have a broader experience and cross-functional understanding of different challenges and contexts within the company.

But this is hard. It’s not something that you can simply plug and play. On-demand teams are built on a culture of trust, risk-taking and the openness to have employees try new roles and experiment. It doesn’t happen in isolation – you need to connect all the dots in terms of extreme stakeholder alignment, trust, and self-management.


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