Make A Difference: Optimize Fit

Talent Plus Talent Plus

July 31, 2017 Leadership

Let’s take a couple of behaviors that are almost universally seen as negative – beating people up and lying.

Can you think of any kinds of roles in which beating people up is actually considered a good behavior that can drive success?

How about a role in which being a very good liar makes you a top performer?

Consider the very specific contexts of boxing…and undercover work.

Context matters, and optimizing fit is all about context.

In the real world, how can you have a positive impact on people’s lives by helping them find the right fit?

And how can you make their lives better by helping them get out of situations in which they are in the wrong fit?

Listen in as Larry Sternberg, Taylor McMaster and Kyle Bruss discuss how to create the ideal fit between people’s natural gifts and the expectations managers have for their performance.

On all our podcasts and blog posts, you have an opportunity to talk back to us through comments and emails. We hope to hear from you! Until next time, manage to make a difference every day!

+ Larry Sternberg, J.D. and Kim Turnage, Ph.D.


This post highlights Chapter 16 of Managing to Make a Difference (Wiley), a handbook for hitting the sweet spot of middle management. Next up: Set the Right Expectations. Connect with Kim Turnage and Larry Sternberg on LinkedIn to see their latest updates.

Latest Posts: Blog

Individual taking a Talent Plus Talent Online Assessment

Blog June 20, 2024

Integrating Talent Plus Assessments with Your Applicant Tracking System (ATS) 

Learn how integrating Talent Plus assessments into your ATS can streamline your talent acquisition process and improve candidate volume.

Fran Westfall Fran Westfall

Read More
Mother with two kids on school break working at home.

Blog June 03, 2024

How Workplaces Can Support Working Parents During Summer Break

Summer breaks rarely match up with work schedules, affecting working parents. Leaders must adapt & accommodate or risk losing good employees.

Zack Robertson Zack Robertson

Read More
Employee who has great well-being at work.

Blog May 09, 2024

Well-Being, Burnout and How To Invest in Your Employees

Boost employee engagement and well-being with these four strategies. Learn the keys to fostering a dynamic and flourishing workplace culture.

Zack Robertson Zack Robertson

Read More
Happy individual at work

Blog May 03, 2024

Unlock Your Potential With the Talent Card

Unlock your potential with the Talent Card. Discover the benefits of understanding your talents and learn examples of how to leverage them.

Talent Plus Talent Plus

Read More
Diverse employees congratulate man on business achievements, excellent work results or promotion.

Blog May 02, 2024

DEIB Strategies for Fair Promotion Processes 

Maribel Cruz explores the impact of unbiased evaluations and standardized promotion processes within organizations.

Maribel Cruz Maribel Cruz

Read More