Philosophical Sayings About Worldly Matter (XII)
What standards does one go by in choosing a person for a particular undertaking? It is both weaknesses and strengths that make a person what he is; these qualities are inseparable. Don’t dismiss a candidate just because of his weaknesses, or you will end up with no candidates at all. The wise thing to do is to give him a chance to make the best of his strengths.
(This is a translation of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu’s philosophical sayings about worldly matters originally written in Chinese.)
Below is not an official translation, just for reference.
How do we discover, distinguish and select talented people? Everyone in the world has both good and inadequate sides, and thus form an indivisible and united whole. The good and the bad are gathered here. That is to say, everyone has their shortcomings and strengths. Every person has their own successes and failures. Therefore, if we see that someone has mistaken and shortcomings, we will not work with them, so we will not be able to develop their skills. Therefore, we should notice their strengths, and try our best to correct their shortcomings. Taking advantage of and giving full play to their strengths is the right way we work with people in society.