We are used to thinking of financial assets and liabilities, and yet there are so many other areas of life that this concept applies to (or adds to or takes away from). This is especially true of people. The key is to surround yourself with people who are assets – not liabilities. We all know who the liabilities are… the people who take all the attention… the people who cost more than they produce… the people who complain about the same things and never do anything about it…
We are not suggesting that you think of all the people in your organization in purely financial terms. That would be cold and possibly callous. People do have value that is more than money alone. Having said that, an organization exists to add value, and people have roles within that organization to add value to the stakeholders. How do you add value if you are a liability?
Adding value is all about being an asset. In every interaction you want to be an asset – not a liability.
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