How to handle an underperforming employee

As leaders, we´ve all been faced with employees that do not perform as expected. However, before confronting the issue, it´s very important for you to determine the real reason your team member is not performing well.

Generally, an employee does not perform as you would expect due to lack of ability, training and/or coaching, leadership or willingness. Three of these causes are actually within your control, as a leader. Ask yourself the following questions to identify the cause of the issue, and then determine the right solution for it.

Ability   
1. Is this the right fit for this associate? (Solution: Consider other position)
Train or coach                    
2. Have you observed the associate perform the job well in the past? (Solution: Train or coach)
3. Has the associate received training and on-the-job coaching to do the job successfully? (Solution: Train or coach)
4. Are my expectations crystal clear? (How do I know?) (Solution: Train or coach)
5. Does the associate understand why it´s important to do the job right? (Solution: Train or coach)
6. Does the associate have the tools to do the job successfully? (Solution: Provide tools/train)
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7. Does the associate know how they´re doing; have I followed up on progress (Solution: Communicate)
8. Do I regularly recognize positive performance for this associate when appropriate (Solution: Communicate)
9. Do I show this associate that I care, and that their opinions count? (Solution: Communicate)
10. Do I hold all associates accountable equally so that everyone is committed to qualify work? (Solution: Communicate)

If you answered NO to any of the questions, you have not set the employee up for succeed. Implement the suggested solution to develop the skill in the employee, then re-evaluate for willingness.

If you answered YES to all these questions, you have done everything you can to engage the associate and know you are likely dealing with a willingness issue. Shift the responsibility for the solution to the employee through counseling.

How to go from auto-pilot to living and leading in context

Aristotle said “We are what we repeatedly do.” The guy knew what he was talking about.

How we choose to act and what we choose to do every day, is part of what defines us as human beings – and as leaders In today´s manifesto, Linda Fisher Thornton talks about how you can go from auto-pilot to living and leading in context, simply by becoming aware of your behavior. Get inspired here What Ethical Leaders Believe

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The Turnover Dilemma

Most executives are well aware of the fact that turnover is very costly, and that it at times can be as high as 150% of the replaced worker´s pay.

A small reduction in turnover can have a high impact on your organization´s bottom line. Not every organization however, have a strategic plan on ways to reduce that – sometimes unnecessary high – cost. In today´s article, Matthew Kelly, talks about how you can work with your employee strategy – and employee engagement – to reduce retention. Read it here, Turnover Dilemma

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Your Life Is Your Choice

Are you living the life you want? Or do you feel like someone or something else is in control?

It´s not uncommon for people to feel like there´s no way to change a current life situation. You need to remember though, that whatever happens in your life – good or bad – doesn’t come by way of luck, lack of luck, fate, karma or sins of your ancestors. What happens in your life is up to you and the choices you choose to make. And it’s those very choices that will either work in harmony with the natural laws of the universe or will act dysfunctionally against these very same laws.

Your life is your choice. And you have within you the tools to make of it it, whatever it is that you want. Don´t wait another day for your life to change by something or someone from the outside – you´ve got the power to change it from the inside.

 

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How To Stay In the Moment

Have you ever felt like your life is spinning too fast or out of control? Do you have difficulties relaxing, because your mind is filled with “what if-” and “if only”-thoughts? Or do you simply have problems being present in the moment with your family and friends?  If so, you could definitely benefit from practising mindfulness.

Put very simply, mindfulness is the art of staying in the moment – the art of accepting what it is.  Mindfulness was originally developed by Jon KabatZinn in order for him to assist and help individuals with a wide range of medical issues. The practise is based on Buddhist philosophy and involves meditation, yoga and stretching techniques as well as some principles of cognitive behavioural therapy.

So what is mindfulness? Well, contrary to popular belief mindfulness is not just about learning how to relax. It is a way of being, about learning to be in the moment – in the Now – with help of observation. By practising mindfulness you become aware of what you are experiencing with acceptance, not trying to change things as they are at any given moment – the way they are right now – for better or for worse. It might sound strange or difficult to practise, and at times it is. I’ve learned from experience that this applies especially for very ambitious individuals whom been thought that you need to do whatever it takes in order to get what you want. The ones who feel the need to have control over their lives and by trying to do so, sadly live their life days, months or even years ahead of the present moment while the years pass.

Mindfulness is not about letting go of your own responsibilities for your own life or to just let things be as they are. It is more about doing your best at every given moment and feel satisfied with and accept that. Mindfulness gives everyone the ability to live life to the full and everyone can have it. The only thing you need to do is to investigate your mind and harmonise your senses.

“Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is.
In the very here and now, the practitioner dwells in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows how to dwell in mindfulness night and day,
‘one who knows the better way to live alone.”
Bhaddekaratta Sutta

 

 

How To Grow Your Business By Leading From Your Heart

Great leaders serve as a catalyst for bringing people together to focus and channel their creative efforts towards improving their productivity in their organization.

The ability to do this, to act as this catalyst that people actually choose to listen to and follow, isn’t something that great leaders are born with. Sure, one can of course be born with certain specific characteristics that are specifically suitable for leadership. And some of those characteristics need to exist in order for an individual to be a true leader – one that others want to and choose to follow – such as the ability to listen to others, to make people feel and know that they are recognized and appreciated for their efforts and contributions, to lift people’s spirits up instead of dragging them down, among other valuable and necessary qualities.

Great leaders have the ability to lead from their heart and with their wisdom as the essence for their leadership. They lead and live from heart to mind, not from mind to heart. To lead and live with our wisdom as our own personal guiding light is to be living a fulfilled life. It is what our core values in combination with our experience, knowledge and intelligence brings us. Our core values support us in getting to know ourselves and others, as well as in discovering what we find valuable and important. It’s in knowing and living according to our own values that we find life rich and purposeful.

It is also in knowing and living your core values that you will set a solid foundation for becoming a great(er) leader. By knowing who you are and what you stand for on all four dimensions that our human nature withholds, you will at any time be (capable of) feeling a sense of joy, compassion, balance and focus – as a human being and thereby also as a leader. This will surely be positively noticed and appreciated by the people around you. This is what makes a leader charismatic.

Great leaders are always open to new insights. They are aware of the importance of discovering new ideas as foundation for growth in all areas of life. Great leaders view life as a continuous journey of development and consider every experience as a possibility to learn something new. They are curious, observant, eager to try and to learn. They want to share their experiences with others and generously do so.

Great leaders share of themselves, openly and vulnerable from their hearts – they use their wisdom to share of their truth. This is their greatest strength as such view of life, and of development, also inspires and encourage the individuals around them to implement the same positive approach to professional, and sometimes even personal, growth. Great leaders inspire people to become the best they can be.

“Let your light shine. Be a source of strength and courage. Share your wisdom. Radiate love.” – Wilferd Peterson

Great leaders value and take time for reflection as this is an important part of ones growth journey. Take some time to reflect on and answer the following questions:

– What are the two or three most important things that motivate you?
– What values are the two or three most important ones for you – the ones that you feel brings you a deep sense of satisfaction, joy and happiness?
– What are the things that you current feel brings you the feeling of great satisfaction in the
a) physical,
b) social,
c) mental and
d) spiritual dimensions of your Life?

 

 

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How to Keep Your Mind Sharp and Help Your Inspiration & Creativity

There are several factors in life that can make you feel as dull as a brick.

And the sad thing is that by the time you realize it, it’s very hard to returned to that focused state you remember you once had. Repeating curriculum, long periods of inactivity due to illness or other reasons may render a person not entirely able to function the way he or she once did.

Thus the need is born – to keep your mind sharp at all times. This stimulates your creativity and allows you to be inspired more easily.

The Underlying Factors

Ever notice how as soon as you passed elementary school you stopped doing math by hand, and started using the calculator?

Suddenly, you never multiplied anything using your brain anymore, and the next time you actually tried (after several years, no less) you could barely remember how it was done, let alone manage to pull it off quickly.

Same thing happens in many other spheres of life – your brain stops to work at full power once you find quick workarounds.

Doing lots of menial tasks and having a gray and monotonous everyday schedule can contribute to that too. These are things you should avoid at all cost.

Some Useful Tips to Promote a Sharp Mind

Here are a few valuable tips you can use to keep your mind sharp all the time.

  1. Take Care of Your Body

Most of us don’t have the time, resources or good will to be health nuts, however there are some simple things nearly everyone can do to keep their body fit to a certain extent, which will help the mind as well.

Romans used  to say that one should  have a “A healthy mind in a healthy body”, and to keep up to that proverb you can do a few simple things –  dedicate half an hour once or twice weekly for jogging, walk to work if that’s an option, or at least walk a mile every day, in whatever pace you want.

Reduce caffeine intake 4 to 5 hours before bed – this will make your sleep quite a lot healthier and will make you more productive in the morning.

  1. Read, Read, Read

A piece of advice you likely see quite too often.

It’s very likely that you’re already doing it, as you’re reading this article right now. But to keep up the good work, try finding lots of information and sifting through what might be relevant and interesting for you. Don’t be afraid to dig further into complex topics.

The other way is also an option – read less and more general information but for a variety of different topics. Once you explore lots of different things, you’ll be able to cross-reference and abstract them in your head, allowing for better creativity.

  1. Give Your Mind Some Rest from Time to Time

Leading psychologists suggest dedicating ten minutes per day to doing absolutely nothing.

That’s right, basically staring at the ceiling!

One might wonder what the purposes of that would be at first glance, but when you think about it , this is actually the most primitive form of meditation that anyone can do!

By doing this you’ll help prevent your mind from overloading.

  1. Find New Challenges, New Hobbies and New Tasks

An old proverb says that the mind is like the blade – it gets rusty if it’s not used. So to keep your mind from “catching rust” you’ll need to present it with a variety of new difficulties and challenges.

What better way to do that than to learn how to play an instrument for example? Or start a new hobby, like knitting, origami or any sort of applied art.

There are a plethora of tutorials and helpful communities online, and for most hobbies you’ll need to invest only a little money on the basic necessities you’ll need at first.

You can also find a pen pal to help you learn another language.

The opportunities are all around you!

Conclusion

In conclusion, following some kind of loose schedule can help direct your mind to becoming a more productive machine, or rather a furnace for new ideas and creations, making you a person who can derive inspiration from nearly everything around him.

Biography

Zohaib Akhlaq is the founder of HowEntrepreneur.com where he teach entrepreneurs and startup owners something new daily. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

 

 

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Non-Negotiable Leadership Characteristics

Do you have what it takes to become a great leader? Exceptional leaders are determined by a few different leadership qualities.

In today´s video, we discuss a few of these qualities and traits that you can learn and develop. And remember, no one is born a fantastic leader. It´s an amazingly fun, inspirational, sometimes very challenging but always incredibly rewarding journey,


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The Secrets To A Successful Organization

Do you know what it takes to create a successful organization? There are a few core activities that really successful organizations have in common.

In today´s video, we share the characteristics that separates successful organizations from the unsuccessful ones. Take a look at it here,

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The Secrets of Market-Driven Leaders

chess-603624_1280What´s the secret to effectively staying on the top? First and foremost, successful leaders are lifelong students. But that´s not all.

They also do a few other important things differently from their colleagues. In today´s manifesto, Craig W. Stull and his co-authors discuss what it is that successful market-driven leaders are doing differently from the rest of the pack. Let their conclusions serve as inspiration for you too – read it here The Secrets of Market-Driven Leaders

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