More wisdom from Seth Godin:
Don’t buy into the false expectation that in an organizational democracy, every voice matters. Every voice doesn’t matter–only the voices that move your idea forward, that make it better, that make you better, that make it more likely you will ship work that benefits your tribe.
via Seth’s Blog.
This was one of my biggest mistakes. At one time I realized I had a large staff most of whom were doing a good job and a couple of whom were truly excellent. I also had two problem people. I found I was spending all my time trying to “fix” the bad apples and ignoring the superstars. I was letting the vampires suck up my time and energy.
Godin goes even further; he says you need to get them completely out of your life going so far as not attending meetings with them.