Grow Your Employees

The guys from Sith Consulting sure have their sizzle and flash. Double light sabres, near-robotic suits, lightning shooting out of their fingers… they look like total pros, right? They sure do some high-profile jobs and have a great PR engine, but what happens when something goes wrong? What then?

They lose a guy and they’re down 50% of their billable staff. Lose two, and they’ve got no bench to fill in the gaps. Problem with Sith is that they don’t hire anyone but superstars. If they can’t pinch a rising talent somewhere, they’ve got nothing in their pipeline. That can leave them in the ditch, hurting badly.

Meanwhile, at R’lyeh Consulting, LLP, we’re all about working with our entry-level guys and growing them into senior staff. We don’t go around stealing people from other organizations, they come to us. Let me give you an example.

R’lyeh Consulting has had a lock on the Innsmouth, Massachusetts market. We’ve been the only player there for years. One day, a competitor arrived. The local branch was agitated about that development, to say the least. But I advised a cooler attitude: “Go easy on him. He might be one of us, one day.” And you know what? I was right. His perception of R’lyeh Consulting wouldn’t have been favorable if that Innsmouth branch hadn’t gone with my simple advice, and we would have missed out on a real performer. I’m glad to say that Robert Olmstead, that former competitor, has been with us for years and will be with us for many years more. He even convinced his cousin to join with us – and we always have room at R’lyeh Consulting for guys wanting to get started in IT.

True professional organizations have to be professional, through and through, not just in their most visible aspects. It’s not like Tyrannosaurus Rex sprang from the primordial ooze, ready to go into action, star player like that species was. It took 134 million years to get T. Rex ready to go, and not a moment sooner. Believe me, when I talk about growing talent, I know what I’m talking about.

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