May the luck o’ the Irish be with you this St. Paddy’s Day!
While I’ve been known to rely on luck now and then (especially when it comes to weather and traveling), I prefer the maxim that you make your own luck.
Some say good luck comes from hard work and preparation – this is probably the better management principle, whether you’re Irish or not!
Many management decisions occur in situations where we don’t enjoy a lot of certainty. This is often the case with decisions about people. Predictive Index® can help tilt the odds of luck in your direction by improving the probability that you’re going to make the right call on that new hire, promotion or coaching strategy.
ADVISA’s founder, Bob Wilson, has said that Predictive Index is all about probabilities. The probability that a person is going to act a certain way can be gleaned from their Predictive Index pattern. And our ability to predict their behavior is even greater the wider their pattern (or for those of you who paid special attention during the Predictive Index Management Workshop™ – the larger the sigma.)
If a vast majority of successful incumbents in a job have a particular high or low drive, as measured by Predictive Index, how lucky do you have to be to find a successful employee in that same role with a different pattern?
Any time you make a decision about people without a thorough consideration of the insights Predictive Index provides, you are basically counting on your judgment and luck outweighing rigorous analysis and planning.
If the old saying “it is better to be lucky than good” holds true for you, perhaps you’ll still find that pot o’ gold the leprechauns hold so dear – but I wouldn’t bet on it!