Grow Your Business. Grow Your Career.

Contact Us
877.823.3669

Buying vs. Growing Skills In-House

Author: Pete Langlois/Tuesday, April 14, 2015/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Technology

Rate this article:
5.0

Buying the skills needed for a particular project or department is very tempting for senior managers. The grass often looks greener when viewed from a distance.

Growing a team of IT professionals with all of the skills needed to keep up with changes in competition, technology, and business can be challenging and may not keep pace with the rapid industry changes. However, bringing in talent from the outside is not necessarily the easy, fast, or inexpensive answer either.

More often than not companies are going to have to use both rather than “either/or.”

For employees who are already part of the team, seeing a new hire or an outside consultant come in can be discouraging. It’s natural to ask what has this person got to offer that I don’t?

And, that’s probably exactly the question that needs to be asked. Appreciating the unique skills of others will not only help you realistically assess your own skills, but it also provides a great learning opportunity for those willing to learn.

Carol Dweck’s best selling book, Mindset, provides examples of what she refers to as the “growth mindset” and the “fixed mindset.” People who are confident of their own skills and focused on always improving have the growth mindset. Michael Jordan is one of the people profiled in her book. Rather than being content with his ample skills, he was always pushing himself to learn and get better. He viewed failure as a learning opportunity and the famous quote about how many game-winning shots he missed was in the context of “I have room to improve.”

The decision to grow in-house talent or bring in talent from the outside is not a black and white decision. At times building a strong in-house team is the highest priority. And, of course, skill growth is something IT managers need to keep cultivating. At other times, bringing in outside talent is the right decision in order to accelerate the growth of the entire team.

Either way, look for ways to continue growing.

Print

Number of views (9505)/Comments (1)

Pete Langlois
Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

Other posts by Pete Langlois
Contact author Full biography

Full biography

Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

x

1 comments on article "Buying vs. Growing Skills In-House "

Avatar image

trust

7/19/2019 7:54 AM

All the skills of the buying and selling are hard to learn for the manual the average men of the world and are done for the skills of the buying. The themes ache been inducted for the profiles and all medium ranges of the things. The buying is hard task for the abnormal man of the society.

Leave a comment

This form collects your name, email, IP address and content so that we can keep track of the comments placed on the website. For more info check our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use where you will get more info on where, how and why we store your data.
Add comment

Contact author

x
Subscribe to Our RSS Feeds!