Posts Tagged ‘guidance’

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

It’s Often Better For Both of You

I have talked with many CPAs over the years who went through a break-up. Sometimes it goes well and sometimes it doesn’t. One of the best scenarios is when both “sides” go on to be successful, with no hard feelings.

My advice is that when you have a problem face it, talk it through – – no talking behind each others backs.

As Stephen Covey told us years ago with his Habit #4, Think Win-Win. Thinking Win-Win isn’t about being nice, nor is it a quick-fix technique. It is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration. As Covey describes, win-win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. Win-win means agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying.

All this came about because of a great article by Jen Wilson of ConvergenceCoaching titled, You ARE Better Off Without Them! Wilson urges you to be sure everyone has a chance to be successful by:

  1. Defining expected behaviors in writing.
  2. Documenting roles, responsibilities and measures of success in writing.
  3. Holding regular check-in meetings to provide guidance and feedback to your people.
  4. Delivering annual feedback formally and paying for the performance you are experiencing.

“One of the reasons why many of us allow poor performers and bad behavior to persist is that we feel we haven’t done all that we can to support the success of the person,” says Wilson. The four steps above help you ensure people’s success. Read Wilson’s entire article, it is right on target.

Keep in mind, top performers want a boss who gets poor performers out of the way.

  • Drop the anchor from your team.
  • Jennifer Wilson