I may like these folks personally. But I can’t afford to keep mediocre performers. If anyone coasts, it brings down the whole place. So I need to convince them it’s time for a change. That means either a reassignment or the boot.
Timing is everything
Part of my job is to help fading employees realize it’s in their best interest to take new jobs. The more authority people have, the harder it is for them to see the need for a change. Senior managers rarely decide, “I owe it to this company to step down.” When you taste big money and big power, it’s against human nature to give it up.
I approach the issue delicately. I may ask, “What do you think of your job?” and let them talk. We can both usually tell if th...(register to read more)