Someone asked Master Cheng Yan, “How do we know a person and make good use of the person’s ability?”
The Master answers:
Oftentimes, ordinary folks have blind spots when it comes to knowing and assigning the right duty to the right person. The first blind spot is lack of discernment to identify the talents around them. The second blind spot is knowing the capability of a person but not making use of the person’s talent. Finally, and the worst of all, is to use someone without entrusting responsibility to that person.
Knowing the ability of people and assigning the right duty to them is very helpful to an organization. It is auspicious to have good people performing good deeds. When there are many good talents working together in an organization, they can accomplish many things that benefit the community. People who suppress others out of fear are ignorant and unwise. In fact, those who are afraid of others being more capable than themselves will never fare better than others. Only when talents are put in the right position to carry out the right duties, can they truly help in important situations.