When you try to hammer in a square peg to a round hole you do several things:
- You damage the board you are hammering into.
- You damage the peg.
- You exert a lot of wasted effort trying to force something that doesn’t naturally fit.
All people have given talents and it is a management failure to not be able to identify their strengths and put them in places to excel. Finding someone’s strengths should be management’s number one role in regard to their employees and putting them into position for success should immediately follow that.
That’s not saying that people shouldn’t try to expand their abilities in their weak areas but rather that their energies are most efficiently utilized when their strengths are recognized and harnessed to their fullest extent.