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Reluctance to Choose Between Internal Integrators

Today, I’m talking to you Visionaries.

Here’s the situation. You’ve decided you want an Integrator and looked around your organization. You discover that you actually have more than one internal candidates and you’re being reluctant to choose who the best person is to be your Integrator. Maybe you don’t want to hurt somebody’s feelings, maybe it’s difficult to decide, maybe you have some kind of past or personal relationship – but you’re being reluctant. Courage is going to be key for you to make a decision and get past this.

We can take a lesson from Jack Welch at G.E. When he was making a decision about filling an important position, he made all the candidates known. Then he proceeded to interview each candidate with respect to that position. We’ve just got to have a process.

There are a couple of key points here. I want you to be open and honest throughout the selection process. We want to prevent the speculation that can occur internally when you’re doing this and people don’t really know what’s going on. They can start to make up all kinds of wild things – that are way more interesting than what’s really happening.

You can ask the leadership team for their perspective. Ask them who they think would make the best Integrator for you. A lot of times you can get some really valuable insights from them.

You’re looking for that fit. It’s a two-piece puzzle and you’re really trying to understand who’s going to be the best fit with you.

The other thing you’re looking for is a People Analyzer™ fit. Use that People Analyzer™ tool to understand how they fit with the values that you have in your organization, and understand how they fit with the Integrator seat. Do they get it, want it, and have the capacity to perform it at the level that you need from your Integrator?

It’s important for you to maintain objectivity. Don’t make a mistake because you let emotion or ego enter the picture and drive your decision.

Finally, recognize that you run a risk that whoever is not chosen to be your Integrator might leave. You run a risk of losing them. It’s important that you have some kind of a contingency in place for that, recognize it, and go in with your eyes wide open. All right?

Three key points to wrap this one up:

  1. Be open and honest throughout the process.
  2. Ask for input from the Leadership Team. Gather those valuable nuggets and let them weigh into your decision.
  3. Maintain objectivity throughout the process. Don’t let ego or emotion lead you into making a mistake.

Come see us on Take the Visionary and Integrator assessments. See where you’re great. See where you could use some help. We’ve been having some great discussions with other Visionaries & Integrators over on LinkedIn and Facebook. Regardless of where you are in your process, I encourage you to join the conversation! And finally, read Rocket Fuel. If you’ve already read Rocket Fuel, and you liked it, we’d love to see a review from you on Amazon. We’d really love to hear what you think.


Until next time, Go ROCKET!




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