From a manual about management:
Most Managers have a few “problem” Employees. These Employees may not work to their full potential. As a Manager, don’t give up on them.
Don't give up on Cotts, Lassie, and especially Howry yet Lou...wait DO GIVE UP ON THEM!
Here are three tactics that may help:
1. Stack the deck in their favor. Many “unproductive” Employees simply lack self-confidence. They don’t try hard because they are afraid to fail. Assign these Employees tasks in which you know they will succeed. Build their confidence with each success until they’re ready to take on more difficult challenges.
Have Howry pitch simulated games. Tell D-Lee to strike out instead of hitting into a double play.
2. Create the right environment. Surround the employee with positive and productive co-workers. Sometimes being on the right team can bring out his/her best. Study the team dynamics and position the employee for success.
Listen to Lassie.
3. Separate the behavior from the Employee. Ask yourself: Has the Employee always acted this way, or is the behavior something new? There may be a personal problem. It is not uncommon for talented employees to go through periods of personal difficulties. Be as understanding and supportive as possible. Your patience can pay off with increased commitment and loyalty.
Maybe something IS wrong with Big Z? How is D-Ward's wife doing? Did E-Ramis got another chick pregnant in the Dominican?
Yeah, I got nothing. Even boobs aren't looking as good anymore. And can we go back to hating Lassie again?
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Posted by Ginger Russ Friday at Friday, September 05, 2008