From the Ask Tom mailbag –
It was a pleasure working with you last summer. I’ve been introducing the concept of Time Span to my colleagues and its been helping us lead tough HR conversations. Some were wondering if you had an assessment to help determine someone’s time span capacity.
This is a very popular question. The answer is completely counter-intuitive. Elliott’s caution was clear. Don’t go around judging people. Do NOT play amateur psychologist. You didn’t go to school for it, you don’t have a degree in it, your chances of being wrong are about 50/50, same as flipping a coin.
HOWEVER, most hiring managers are expert at the work. Most hiring managers understand effective behavior and ineffective behavior. Stick where you are an expert. It’s all about the work. I do not judge people, but, boy, do I judge the work. By careful examination of the problem-solving and decision-making in a role, most hiring managers can easily pinpoint the level of work in the role. If we can understand the level of work in the role, then the selection decision is easy. “Is this person effective in the task assignments at this level of work, or not?”
Don’t play amateur psychologist, stick where you are an expert. It’s all about the work.