Strategic Innovation & Marketing ACCELERATORS

How to Put the Right People Into the Right Job

How to Put the Right People Into the Right Job

Wouldn’t it be great if all your new recruits fit perfectly  into the vacant positions you wanted them to fill? And if everyone on a team worked in a role that allowed them to let their talents shine and played on their strengths, while others compensated for any weakness?

Some of the hardest things to get right in business are staffing open positions and aligning the members of a team so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. But what if there were a tool that allowed you to put the right people into the right job — and to turn your organization into a true “human capital bank”?


Thinkergy’s innovation people profiling method TIPS (theories, ideas, people, systems) profiles people based on their preferred styles of thinking, working, interacting, living, and innovating. Every candidate who answers the TIPS profiling questionnaire is classified in line with their cognitive preferences as one of 11 innovator profiles (theorist, ideator, partner, systematizer, conceptualizer, promoter, organizer, technocrat, coach, experimenter and all-rounder).

While I created TIPS originally to improve the people side of innovation, it has many other applications, and can give organizations more talent and people awareness. So, how do we help organizations optimize their mix of human talents and put the right people into the right job?

Step 1. Profile your staff:

Start by making a small investment in your human capital by allowing us to profile all your staff to unveil their innovator profiles and personal styles. Ideally, send them also through a TIPS Innovation Profiling Workshop to animate their different styles and profiles.

Step 2. Create a group profiling map:

Next, we position each one of your employees on a TIPS group profiling map based on their test scores and innovator profiles; a group can be a work team, a department, a business unit, the entire organization, or all of the aforementioned. When looking at a group profiling map, we ask you a number of questions:

  • Is there any concentration of profiles in this group? Typically, a map reflects a dominant base and style in line with either your business function, industry, or corporate life cycle stage. 
For example, Thinkergy is an innovation company, and we’ve just began moving from the initial development to our growth phase. Thus we have a heavy profile concentration around the TIPS base “Ideas” and the TIPS style “Flow”.
  • Are there any profile gaps? When you notice a profile concentration, consider adding a few members to the team who are strong in those tasks that don’t come naturally easy to the others


Step 3. Define each job profile:

A good job profile describes in detail what each position is all about:

  • What responsibilities and regular tasks are associated with the role?
  • What outputs is the job owner expected to produce?
  • What decisions need to be made, and how important are these?

Step 4. Link each job profile to specifics:

How would you sum-up each job profile in just three words? We’ve created a deck with 33 cards (featuring descriptive attribute labels such as “entrepreneurial”, “conceptual” or “quantitative”) to translate a comprehensive job profile into the simple language of TIPS.

We ask a client to pick those three attributes that best describe the essential success factors of each job profile. For example, attributes that fittingly describe a project manager responsible for implementing concrete projects could be “practical”, “operational” and “down-to-earth”.

Step 5. Define suitable TIPS profiles for the role:

Each of the 11 TIPS profiles links to three primary attributes. We use the descriptive labels that a client chooses for each role to recommend a primary, best-fitting as well as one to two secondary profiles. For example, profiles that fit to a project manager (based on the previously listed attributes) are the organizer (primary) and either partner or systematizer (secondary options).

Step 6. Align the job to candidates with a fitting profile:

If the position is already staffed, we check if the incumbent has one of the suggested TIPS profiles. If yes, all is already well. If not, we investigate if swapping the person with a better fitting colleague may lead to a mutually satisfying realignment that makes everyone happy and more productive.

If a role isn’t staffed yet, or if no one in the organization has a fitting profile, then you need to recruit a new candidate — and you can use the TIPS personality test to profile each of them for a good fit.

At the end of this exercise, you should have put every person into the right job —at least in theory. So, with the final step, you take care of linking theory with reality.

Step 7. Track job satisfaction and teamwork improvement:

Do a survey with each individual employee involved in the exercise a few weeks and then six months after the exercise to track satisfaction. Use the feedback to make further alignments if needed. If all is well, give yourself a pat on the back: You have mastered the science and art of putting the right person into the right job.

Do you want to learn more about how our new innovation people profiling method TIPS can help you putting the right people into the right job? Contact us to find a certified TIPS trainer who can help maximize your organization's talent.

© Dr. Detlef Reis 2017.

23 comments (Add your own)

1. wrote:
If some one desires to be updated with hottest technologies afterward
he must be go to see this web page and be up to date
every day.

Thu, May 9, 2019 @ 3:25 PM

2. wrote:
You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something that I think I would never understand.
It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.
I'm looking forward for your next post, I'll try to get the hang of it!

Mon, July 8, 2019 @ 9:35 PM

3. wrote:
Amazing! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It's on a completely
different subject but it has pretty much the same layout
and design. Great choice of colors!

Sun, July 21, 2019 @ 11:43 PM

4. wrote:
Hello there! I could have sworn I've visited this web site before but after looking at some of the posts I realized it's new
to me. Anyways, I'm definitely happy I discovered it and I'll
be book-marking it and checking back frequently!
plenty of fish natalielise

Tue, July 23, 2019 @ 12:14 AM

5. wrote:
I'm excited to find this website. I wanted to thank you for your time for
this particularly wonderful read!! I definitely liked every part of it
and I have you book marked to check out new stuff on your website.

Mon, September 2, 2019 @ 1:24 AM

6. wrote:
Everything is very open with a clear clarification of the
issues. It was definitely informative. Your website is very helpful.
Thanks for sharing!

Wed, September 25, 2019 @ 9:18 PM

7. wrote:
I don't even know how I ended up here, but I thought
this post was good. I don't know who you are but certainly you're going to a famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

Wed, October 9, 2019 @ 12:46 PM

8. wrote:
My partner and I stumbled over here coming from a different web page and thought I might check things out.
I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to finding
out about your web page again.

Fri, October 25, 2019 @ 12:55 PM

9. wrote:
You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I
find this matter to be actually something which I think
I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me.
I am looking forward for your next post, I'll try to get the hang of

Sat, November 9, 2019 @ 2:46 AM

10. wrote:
Great blog here! Also your site loads up very fast!
What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link
to your host? I wish my site loaded up as quickly as yours

Mon, November 25, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

11. wrote:
Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you
knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
I've been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and
was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.

Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your
blog and I look forward to your new updates.

Fri, December 6, 2019 @ 6:21 PM

12. wrote:
For newest information you have to go to see world
wide web and on web I found this website as a most
excellent website for most up-to-date updates.

Thu, December 19, 2019 @ 8:44 PM

13. wrote:
I have read so many posts regarding the blogger lovers however this post is actually a pleasant piece of writing,
keep it up.

Thu, January 2, 2020 @ 9:45 AM

14. wrote:
Hi there I am so delighted I found your web
site, I really found you by mistake, while I was searching on Yahoo for something else, Regardless I am here now and would just like to say thanks
for a incredible post and a all round entertaining blog (I also love the
theme/design), I don't have time to read it all at the minute but I have book-marked it and also added in your RSS feeds,
so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the awesome job.

Tue, January 14, 2020 @ 10:25 PM

15. wrote:
Howdy, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and
i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam comments?
If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?
I get so much lately it's driving me mad so any assistance is very
much appreciated.

Mon, February 24, 2020 @ 6:10 PM

16. wrote:
Great blog right here! Also your web site so much up very fast!
What host are you using? Can I am getting your associate
hyperlink on your host? I want my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

Tue, February 25, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

17. wrote:
What's Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I've found It positively helpful and it has helped me out loads.
I am hoping to contribute & assist different customers
like its aided me. Great job.

Tue, March 3, 2020 @ 10:21 PM

18. wrote:
Does your blog have a contact page? I'm having
trouble locating it but, I'd like to shoot you an email.
I've got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing.

Either way, great site and I look forward to seeing it
grow over time.

Thu, March 12, 2020 @ 6:29 PM

19. wrote:
What's Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I've found It
absolutely useful and it has helped me out loads. I'm hoping to contribute & assist other users like its aided me.
Good job.

Wed, March 18, 2020 @ 11:36 AM

20. wrote:
I simply couldn't depart your web site before suggesting that I really enjoyed the usual information a person supply on your guests?
Is going to be back incessantly in order to inspect new

Wed, March 18, 2020 @ 11:57 AM

21. wrote:
These are in fact great ideas in regarding blogging. You have touched some nice points here.
Any way keep up wrinting.

Wed, March 18, 2020 @ 12:02 PM

22. wrote:
Heya! I'm at work browsing your blog from my new apple iphone!
Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look
forward to all your posts! Keep up the superb work!

Wed, March 18, 2020 @ 1:30 PM

23. wrote:
WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for gfe london

Wed, March 18, 2020 @ 3:23 PM

Add a New Comment


Comment Guidelines: No HTML is allowed. Off-topic or inappropriate comments will be edited or deleted. Thanks.