On this week’s BBC Radio 4 Media Show there is an interesting discussion on handling difficult talent. It comes in the wake of the Jeremy Clarkson fracas.
I’ve worked with my fair share of difficult talent. The full stories and my strategies for handling them are for another time but I’ve found three basic causes of hard-to-handle talent.
1. People who get frustrated that those around them have lower standards, don’t work as hard and just basically aren’t as talented as them.
2. People who have something going on in their private life that is frustrating them and distracting them. They take this out on their work.
3. People who just don’t see the world like those around them. They don’t think the generally accepted rules apply to them.
It’s almost always the high-achievers that are the most difficult to manage. How you deal with that and when to cut your losses are the real skill.