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)
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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 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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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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Becoming A Conscious Leader

Conscious leadership isn´t anything complicated nor new. A conscious leader is an individual who possess awareness of himself and his role in being part of something bigger – humankind.

Conscious leaders are charismatic and very powerful, but their charisma and power is internally based and they use it only for a greater good – for causes bigger than themselves. They don´t need – or even desire – glory or to stand in the spotlight as they know that they are already – through their actions, not only words – standing in The Light.

Conscious leadership is the leadership of the Now and the Future, it´s what people are becoming increasingly drawn to.  Find out more about it in today´s video.

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Shortcut To a Business Without the Crap

smart-725843_1280Does your corporate culture set the foundation for a sustainable business without the drama that exists in “confusing” organizations? Great leaders are capable of managing – lead – their organizations through a corporate culture that embraces changes (=sustainable growth).

Through their groundwork, based on self-awareness, they have identified and set strategies that lay the foundation for a conscious, empowering culture. But how do you do that? How do you make your organization smarter?

In today´s manifesto, Geoffrey James shares some tools with you for this work. Get the manifesto Smarter Company here.

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How To Achieve Business Excellence

business-world-472556_1280Tom Peters said that “business excellence is featured by good profitability, business capability, growth in sales, and market share, on the basis of quality”.

There are a few key elements that form the foundation for any successful business. Master them and you´ve got a greater chance of sustainable success. Read all about the 5 crucial keys here in the manifesto Achieving Excellence.

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