We all have them or at lease we want them, whether it is an employee, a contractor or any other type of service provider. These days the buzz is all about the superstars, the rock stars and how everybody in HR is looking for them. We have to source them, find them where ever they are and get them into our organizations.
Well there is another type of employee who falls short of the superstar status, it is the employee who can get a phenominal amount of work done, done right and in a very short time. The problem with this employee though is this, they lack finess, they have a tendancy to piss people off and they really only focus on getting the job done. Organizationally, this type of employee often reaks havoc within the organatization. For the purposes of this post I will call this type of get ‘er done employee the mercenary.
There are many of the touchy feely types in HR who don’t like the mercinary because they don’t play well at work. But there are those of us, such as myself, who call upon the mercinary from time to time, because we know they will execute – no question. For those of us that call on the mercenary we are willing to deal with the collateral damage, especially when we need someone that we know they can get the job done.
Sadly, this may even be our go to person, if we are short on the rock stars. We all know someone who is either a mercenary or has those tendancies. They are not all bad, perhaps they just need a bit of refinement. So, if I can’t have one rock star, maybe I can get by with two mercenaries.
This idea for this post came out of a recent discussion with Laura Schroder, my project social partner and she too agreed that she would choose a good mercenary employee now and then, when she had a need to get the job done; You can read her take on the matter at her blog Working Girl.