You’ve heard the phrase ignorance is bliss; but in business it’s a nightmare. You never want to be caught off guard by an employee’s behavior, but the truth is – it happens frequently.
So what can you do to prevent what you don’t know from hurting you? And what are the things that can creep up on your after you’ve hired a new group of people, or promoted someone to a management role?
3 things that can hurt you, and how to prevent them:
1. Newly promoted leaders – This happens all the time in organizations. Someone is promoted from within because they know their department like the back of their hand, but once promoted have no idea how to properly lead a team. Experts don’t always make the best leaders or bosses, and sometimes the things that made them successful as individual contributors are the same things that will keep them from being a good leader. They can’t explain to the people that report to them why things are a certain way, because if it makes sense to them, it should make sense to everybody. They’re not great at describing, teaching, or leading by example. This is a classic case of someone who is personally excellent, but can’t properly teach or lead.
Solution: Coaching - Our business coaching services for incumbent leaders and newly promoted leaders are key to your organization’s success. Our coaching model is based on learning about the needs of our client, and providing a practical, business-focused approach to help them meet current challenges, and tackle new ones.
2. Employee behavioral problems – Sometimes a person’s true colors don’t come out until months after you’ve hired them, or until they are in a high-stress, high-pressure situation. Personality clashes happen in every organization, but there is a way to learn how your employees will work within their assigned teams, and under their supervisors or managers.
Solution: Behavioral Assessments – The best way to prevent this bad surprise if by performing behavioral assessments on anyone you’re considering hiring, no matter which position it’s for. Why? Because even if they’re not in management, they will be working on a team with other people and managers, and you’ll want to be sure everyone’s strengths are personified and working in a cohesive way for the best results possible. You would be surprised the things you can learn from a simple assessment we provide for your potential new hires. Click here for more information.
3. Reduced morale – Sometimes in business employees can feel like they keep bumping their head against a glass ceiling. In today’s world of slower growth and running close to the edge on resources, chances for advancement, promotion, or even just increased skills can seem few and far between to employees. This may lead to reduced employee morale if the talent you have doesn’t realize that they are a valuable asset to your organization.
Solution: Succession Planning - One of the best strategies to prevent reduced morale is to employ a comprehensive succession planning process that is viewed as logical, fair and objective by your employees. If you make sure everyone is on the same page and understands their key role in your organization, and if you make them feel that they are a valuable asset, they will be far more likely to go along with any changes you make to the organization. We can assist you in forming a succession planning strategy, or enhancing the one you currently use. Retaining your talent remains the single best way to hit your business goals and objectives!
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