When companies evolve at a rapid pace, some individuals who fit the company in its infancy may not fit over time as they may have difficulty keeping up with the company’s growth and the requirements of their evolving roles.

Conversations around fit often assumes that round pegs go in round holes and stay there. Unfortunately, it rarely works out that way. What if a round peg develops sharp corners, or a round hole expands over time? A good fit isn’t just about putting the right person in the right seat, but about putting them there at the right time.

One of the things that separate great leaders is the ability to recognize when 'fit' is out of alignment and to act upon that information without sacrificing culture, particularly in the case of loyal, long-term employees. Also, rethinking employee development and exits can lessen the negative impact of losing an employee, and make the exit process respectful and open.

Inspired by: Harvard Business Review - As Your Company Evolves, What Happens to Employees Who Don’t?, Robert Glazer