Have you ever busted your butt to do your job to the best of your ability? I’m sure if you’re a leader you have. I imagine that you had a co-worker who did just enough to get by and all the heat stayed off of them. Do you ever wonder how they got to that point?
I have always been a go-getter. I cannot sit idle, plus there’s some old proverb about idle hands and getting in trouble. I’m living proof of that. How is it that I can work over and over and over again but receive the same compensation and “reward” as the person who just shows up?
I’ve worked in the public and private sector. Some companies were small local businesses, others were Fortune 500, while a few have been non-profits. The one thing that I can take away from all of the organizations collectively, they all promote behavior that in turn gets repeated. It really is a simple philosophy, but so many companies are guilty of it.
As a leader you will be tasked with working with all types of people. Some will be easy and excel because of internal pressures while others will push every button. At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself, how did this person get here?
Maybe they too were gung-ho and dedicated but negative attitudes and people being rewarded for just doing their jobs created a culture that has replicated. When leaders measure up bad behavior as acceptable, they are writing a prescription for a wildfire of bad behavior.
I do not know how to say it more clearly than. If you measure everyone equally, your star players will either become the stale employee or leave. It is that simple.
Motive, empower, and develop everyone to the best of your ability.
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