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Day 79: Core belief 5—We all deserve a chance to do our best.

July 27, 2012. A few days ago we shared Maestro’s core beliefs at a team meeting. This is the fifth in a series of posts to provide greater depth and dimension to a few things we know for sure.

Of course, merely having the chance to do your best won’t guarantee that you will. There are too many other variables that may affect the outcome. But getting the opportunity certainly increases the odds of performing at the top of your form. At Maestro, we have learned to set people up for success by channeling them into tasks and roles consistent with their core competencies. Clearly, there are hard realities of asset allocation that sometimes derail our best intentions, but to the extent it is possible, we try to put people where they have the best opportunity to succeed.

  Utilizing team members’ core competencies is simple and yet complicated. It’s simple because it is a no-brainer and a win/win/win all the way down the line. When people can consistently do work they feel well qualified to perform, they are happier, more fulfilled, more confident and almost always more successful. That’s good for them and good for those of us who have to make decisions about how the work gets done… and by whom. Working within core competencies is good for the work, too, because it puts a star at every position of Team Maestro. The client is bound to be happy because their projects are more likely to be on target and completed more efficiently because they were done by a team member doing what they do best. The logic is inescapable. For example, would you ask a plumber to lay carpet in your home? Or would you entrust the electrical wiring to a painter? 

Leveraging core competencies can also be complicated and difficult. Sometimes businesses forget that “master of none” is the second half of this old saw: “Jack of all trades…” We try not to forget it. Still, we are a small and growing company and very familiar with the need to wear many hats. With all our heart, we believe that all of us deserve a chance at success—the opportunity to use our gifts and talents. Recognizing and taking advantage of core competencies provides the greatest good for the greatest number. 

For Team Maestro, nothing is more elemental than this: Allow everyone freedom and space to succeed by doing what they do best. It is the heart of mutual respect at Maestro, and it is as fundamental as the air we breathe. Recognizing, respecting and using core competencies maximize success.

Jen Randall

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