What Should I Do Tomorrow?
Tomorrow, start noticing the strengths, weaknesses, and oddities of the people around you. Notice
How some fit their jobs well and some don't
How some people are good at being consistent and others aren't
The presence of both list-makers and those who dislike lists
Some people taking unnecessary risks, and more people being conservative
What your boss says the next time you offer a suggestion for improvement
About the time you start to wonder how on earth anything gets done in your company with such a mixture of fit and misfit, notice
Improve your environment:
Collect a few work samples: an example of some good code, a well-written class comment, use case, project plan, meeting minutes, design memo, or user interface.
Enlist a few others to do this, and put the small collection of work samples online for everyone to copy from.
Reduce interruptions. Create a small period each day, just two hours long, in which you don't take interruptions. See if a larger group in your office will do the same.
Reduce the need for mechanisms that rely on people's weaknesses.
Increase the use of mechanisms that draw on people's strengths, and let them use their talents.