Many an executive may rank staff management as their foremost challenge in running an organization. Some of their employees do not give any impression of hard enough nor show any initiative. They never seem to make good use of their time in the office. They are mediocre, just lukewarm.
Mediocrity transcends the rank and file of many organizations in both public and private sectors [TweetMe]. These workers are characterized by a common trait; just do what is necessary to get by. In return, they expect the best of remuneration complete with commensurate benefits…health plans, retirement plans, and promotion.
In a bid to resolve this, management tries to invest in training programs for their staff. There will be an optimistic foray into team building activities. The ambition is to transform these mediocre workers into super-performers. Improved performance is desirable for a business’ bottom line, organizational service delivery, or optimal resource utilization.
However, do we pose to ask why these workers mediocre? There may be need to critically look into their past. How were they brought up? They may have been inculcated into a world where everything came to a standstill to serve their whimsical needs. These workers may have been ‘wind-assisted’ into mediocrity. Unfortunately, they are in for a big shock!
Wise leaders (parents) expose their children to learning opportunities (adversities) [TweetMe]. This is not a comfortable place to be, as they have to move away from their comfort zone. “I would never have amounted to anything were it not for adversity. I was forced to come up the hard way,” said James C. Penney, an American businessman and entrepreneur who, in 1902, founded the J.C. Penney stores. 212° The Extra Degree provides us with a valuable lesson…
At 211 degrees…water is hot. At 212 degrees…it boils. With boiling water, comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. And, it’s that one extra degree that… Makes all the difference.
If you are ‘leading’ a team entrenched in mediocrity, perhaps it is time for you to dig a little deeper into their past. They may have already been ‘pre-wired’ to abhor any creativity or any hard work.
Maybe it is time to rethink your training and team-building processes. Leadership is taking the time to understand where each of your team members is coming from [TweetMe]. It may help you understand their potential to excel. Only then do you identify a system that will inspire them to better themselves. This could be individualized training or even getting them a mentor to walk them through the areas they need to improve on. It may prove to be that one-degree that makes all the difference.
“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t ‘try’ to do things. You simply ‘must’ do things,” Ray Bradbury
What must you do to take your team to the next level? Remember, you may need disruptive creativity to move the process forward. It may be important to build in some incentives into the process.