Do the Best Organizations Have the Best People?

By: Jeffrey Pfeffer, and Robert I. Sutton Publisher: Harvard Business School Press I Published: 2007 I Resource Added: 2013

This article, written for organizational leaders and relevant to any sector, advises that in selecting new staff members, organizations should recognize that “best people” are those with wisdom – that is, people who are willing to learn from their mistakes and others’, who ask questions about how things work, and who both offer and ask for help from their colleagues with the intent of producing better work. The authors also emphasize that in differentiating between employees, forced rankings are not effective in enhancing organizational performance. Rather, the most effective organizations differentiate, but also provide the resources necessary for staff who are willing to learn to move up to the “top rung” of performance.