Thursday, 12 May 2011

Make yourself Dispensible to become Indispensible.

Sounds like a contradiction in terms however let me explain what I mean. The idea of developing talent is all about creating an environment to help people flourish and empowering them to make their own decisions. As we know this can be a slow process with many challenges and it is certainly not a quick fix solution. When you look at any process that involves change and growth there is always a struggle, maybe pain and sometimes even suffering. Think of the development of a child, the training of a champion or any scientific breakthrough. All covered in blood, sweat and tears but wearing proud smiles and standing tall at the end of the achievement.

So once you get your team or group to these heady heights then what next? Surely you have made yourself dispensable by definition. Well it's exactly the opposite. What companies need now more than ever is talent agents, change catalysts and improvement facilitators.

Once you harness the powers of empowering you will be on a perpetual roller coaster of breeding success and the world is your proverbial oyster.


  1. So, you don't actually make yourself dispensible?
    You just do a great job getting your team in order and you get to keep your job ... sounds logical.

  2. Just read something that relates to this I thought I should share ...
    "As a young manager at Texas Instruments, I once asked my boss’s boss for advice about a promotion I didn’t get. He told me a candid story about the hardest lesson he’d ever learned, the reason he was stuck in his job. He made himself indispensible and didn’t groom his replacement. It was painful for him to share, but it opened my eyes and made a huge difference in my career."

  3. Matt - thanks for the comment. A great example.