Do you have a team member that you know is capable of your performance standards, yet they consistently fail to hit the goal?
Your team member is smart. Technically, the team member is well trained. On paper, the team member should be able to meet expectations. Despite ability, the team member continues to fail.
From my experience, team members fail to hit expectations for a few internal and external reasons. It’s in your best interest as a manager or owner to assess and get to the bottom of the reasons your employee is struggling.
Here are a few reasons outside of the team member’s control that can cause failure:
There are other reasons, but those are the top 3 external reasons I have witnessed.
For today’s example, let’s adopt the idea that this team member works for a good company. Ideally, working for a good company that is aware of the problems listed above would eliminate any external reasons for this team member. So, let’s focus on the internal reasons.
In my coaching experience with underperforming team members, I have discovered a trend amongst the lower producers. I’ve labeled this trend “CORE”.
All team members should be Coachable, Open, Respectful, and Embrace responsibility.
Underperforming team members have a weak CORE.
Successful team members have a strong CORE.
If a team member can strengthen their CORE, then they can typically meet or exceed the company standards. If they cannot strengthen their CORE, then they will most likely be a drag on culture, sales, and leadership.
The key to CORE is that the team member must understand that these areas are up to them to improve.
Reviewing the Keys of CORE with a team member can be a very helpful experience. It can awaken the reality that success is a personal responsibility.
Sometimes, you will only have to review CORE with an underperforming team member once. These team members are ready to strengthen their CORE.
Other times you will have to work on the CORE items with an underperforming team member on multiple occasions. It takes time for a person to change their outlook on themselves.
I don’t know.
In my experience, I’d say less than 50% of problematic team members decide to strengthen their CORE. It’s easy to stay stuck in old bad habits and blame others for their failures.
You may be wondering, “So, what do I do?”
You always try to coach the team member through CORE. If after a set amount of time and money the team member doesn’t change, then you might have to make a decision about the employment of the team member with your company.
If you can’t get through to your employee, then you give Service Excellence a call. We can help. Our coaches have guided every kind of trainee you can think of. If anyone can break through and help your employee see the reality of success, it’s our coaches.
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