Do you know who the most valuable person in your organization is? Before you answer too quickly, step back and take a moment to really think about this.
Think about the employee who drives you nuts…that constantly approaches you with new ideas or business opportunities. Who ends up feeling like a pesky little brother that won’t leave you alone. Or the employee who’s always asking you to push the envelope a little bit further out of your comfort zone. Think about the employees who are the most driven, who always have projects done on time and correctly; who are always willing to take on a little bit more.
I think it’s human nature to appreciate those who mostly agree with us. While we don’t all like or want a yes-man, someone who doesn’t push us too far or too fast can create a comfortable routine and end up being seen as more valuable than they may be. Most employees of a company bring value, hard work, and insight, but in my experience, it is exactly the employees who get overlooked and let go who bring the most value to an organization.
Now I’m not trying to argue that all annoying or pushy employees bring more value than others, but I am trying to say that value can be easy to miss.
So the next time someone comes into your office with another off the wall business idea, or you’re sitting in a meeting and someone suggests something that sounds too risky or too dangerous…take a deep breath, don’t give the immediate, knee-jerk “no” response. Take a day to think it over and see if you’re missing out on an extremely valuable employee with more insight than you might have yourself.