Doesn’t it annoy you, the way online articles SHOUT at us nowadays?
Headlines used to be all about lists:
‘Five steps towards ….’
The three best ways ….’
‘The five things you must know about ….’
And we who write paragraphs (remember those?) had suddenly to translate our wisdom into lists. But the sharing of ideas cannot always be reduced to a list. Nor is it ideal. When our focus is on reducing everything to five or six steps, we fail to see the long view of what we are building or the wider view of what is affected on the way. Beware the undiluted analytical mind. Make sure you have a ‘global’ mind on your team.
But lists are old hat. Now the headlines shout that we are doing everything wrong!
‘Why you should NEVER ….’
‘EVERYONE is putting their masks on wrong!’
‘Your Performance Management is ALL wrong!’
Apart from the poor grammar, the substance of the article seldom measures up to the arrogance of the title.
Sure, it gets people clicking the headline, but how poor are we if people only listen when we are arrogant, humiliating and discouraging.
Arrogance and humiliation are counterproductive when trying to engage people and encourage greater performance.
We spend far too much time addressing things we DON’T want, DON’T like and want to DISCOURAGE. Do your employees (do you?) know what it is you want to ENCOURAGE, what they MUST focus on, what they MUST get right?
Performance Management starts with emphasising what really matters, not with hammering poor performance. That’s like giving directions by telling people all the places they must NOT end up in.
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