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HP Channel Chief Dismore: How Women Can Find Confidence To Overcome Obstacles And Become Top Performers

Jennifer Follett

On Finding The Right Role...

As a leader, your job is to find the right role for your people. I remember clearly, and I would say this is probably one of hardest things I've done as a manager, I came to a new position at HP, and when I was put there, a significant retail partner of HP's was not doing well, and it was critical that we get this whole business back on track. I talked to all stakeholders that worked with this partner [and it became clear] the issues all came down to one person. She is a high-performer. She's aggressive and detailed, you'd want her on your team, and she was creating a massive issue because her skill sets weren't a fit. So I ended up removing her from the position. I can tell you she's in a new role at HP now, and she's thriving.

 
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