This quote comes from page 6 of Frederick Taylor’s 1911 book, The Principles of Scientific Management
What we are all looking for, however, is the ready-made competent man; the man whom some one else has trained. it is only when we fully realize that our duty, as well as our opportunity, lies in systematically cooperating to train and to make this competent man, instead of in hunting for a man whom someone else has trained, that we shall be on the road to national efficiency.
It can be extremely difficult to find the perfect employee. As an organization, we must be willing to take someone with the potential and train them CORRECTLY to become that competent employee. We as managers and leaders owe it to our staffs and our organizations to take this great responsibility to train employees to become more competent, and as a result, they will increase in value to the organization.