For every hundred men hacking away at the branches of a diseased tree, only one will stoop to inspect the roots. – Chinese proverb
How true this proverb is for Leaders trying to assess performance issues on their Team! If you are going to try to figure out what’s causing the performance issue, you have to get to the root of the problem. However, due to the fact that employee performance affects the bottom line of the organization, often the quick fix is what is sought after. We look at training courses or we try to determine if a move to a new position would do the trick. Maybe, just maybe there is a different possibility.
The thing we have to remember about the above options are they focus on the ability of the person performing the task. Performance, though, is a function of both ability and motivation.
Performance = Ability x Motivation
- Ability is the person’s aptitude, as well as the training and resources
- Motivation is the product of desire and commitment
Someone with 100% motivation and 75% ability can often achieve above-average performance, of course the opposite is true. One of the best ways to increase motivation is make sure, that as a Leader, you give your Team Members timely, honest and accurate Performance Appraisals. It is important that the Team Member is clear on their goals, objectives and resources in these appraisals. In addition, this is why recruitment and job matching are critical parts of performance management.
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Until next time, make sure you examine the roots!