Genius often comes with downsides. If you have a valuable (but disruptive) employee on your team, try these management tactics:
- Understand the risks. Your job is to balance cohesion and creativity on your team. If the employee is negatively affecting the culture, weigh the costs of keeping him around.
- Don’t stifle people. The employee’s limitations may be the same source of her talents. Take a “control freak” who wants to own a project completely. If you view this as her work style instead of a difficulty, and perhaps give her a separate project to run with, you can leverage this talent instead of squashing it.
- Keep things moving. Give creative individuals enough independence to innovate, but then move the project forward with individuals who can act.