“Tell me, why do you think it is important to match the person’s Time Span capability with the Time Span required in the task?” I asked. This was like an impromptu quiz, with a point.
Jonas looked left. “Because if the person doesn’t have the capability to complete the task, it won’t get done. Obvious, I think.”
“And how does that person feel about that task, their role in the company?”
“I suppose they would feel frustrated, a bit overwhelmed,” Jonas replied.
“And so what happens then?”
“Well, usually, that person gets put on the bubble. And if they stay on the bubble, long enough, they’re history.”
“Theoretically, that sounds good,” I pushed, “but that’s not what I see. Can this person make it on the basis of their performance?”
Jonas shook his head, “Nope.”
“So, how does this person survive? How does this person stay on your payroll?”
Jonas smiled. “You’re right. I call it Teflon. Nothing sticks. And try to hold the person accountable, you hear every excuse.”
“So, why is it important to match the person’s Time Span capability with the Time Span required in the task?”