Problem Performers “Cruising” Denial

This is the second in a series of posts looking at the sticky combination of two elements.  Element #1 is a problem performer.  Element #2 is a big-hearted leader. In the first installment, I cited Daniel Gilbert’s summary of what factors trigger human beings to recognize danger.  With that brain “wiring,” poor performers probably will not realize they’re in danger of getting fired. In this post, I'll add another wrinkle:  denial. Cruise Ship Denial In 2012, the Italian cruise ship ..

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For the Poor Performer, Danger Doesn’t Exist

Are you a leader who values responsibility, fairness and kindness? If you hire well, you might have a long, successful and fun career. But when you make a bad hire, you may hate being the boss. If you lead with the values mentioned, one of the hard times you’ll face is when you need to challenge an under-performing team member. This post's aim is to help you understand your concern may not make it onto that employee’s radar screen. No matter how uncomfortable you get telling him his job is ..

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Random acts of Networking

This post introduces you to one of the coolest tools I think I've ever created using a spreadsheet. Today, I'm going to leave out nearly all the theory or logic of creating it in the first place.  I'll share that next time. I call the tool my "Networking Roulette" spreadsheet.  You can see an image of the main page on the right, click on it and a larger version will open in a new window. This pages shows one lone networking task highlighted in yellow with dark red text.  The tool chose ..

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