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The interview went well. They answered the questions. They were hired. After a few months their performance begins to fade.
You hear from a few people around the office that deadlines are missed. Others are covering the work that is not getting done.
A few of your peers come and talk to you about the issues and what you are doing to correct the problems.
Your boss sends you an email asking about your department’s performance.
There were signs.
Looking back you may be able to see them.
Unfortunately, signs don’t always show up along our journey with bright colors and with enough repetition so they cannot go unnoticed. Failing to see the earlier signs prevented corrective action.
Maybe it was a relationship. Maybe it was a project that has not taken off. The specifics are yours to fill in.
Missing the earlier signs tends to result in one final sign: Hard Choice Ahead.
The choice won’t be easy.
But it needs to be done.
The choice will have consequences.
But it will bring the resolution.
Maybe next time we will become more attuned to watching for those earlier signs.
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Published by Carl Weber
Carl Weber, is the owner and founder of Carl Weber Consulting, a consulting group that helps businesses, non-profits, and individuals understand themselves, hire and manage well, and become great leaders. Carl worked in local government for more than ten years, as the Town Administrator of a few towns in NH. Once upon a time he was a search and rescue swimmer for the US Navy.
Carl holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Political Science & Community Development and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. Carl is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA) and Certified Professional Motivators Analyst (CPMA).
Carl regularly teaches on human factors and the relationship of behavior and leadership styles, as well as motivation, coaching, leadership challenges, and failing as a leader. His passion is to help leaders in their lifelong journey to finish well, to combat and work with their inner voice, and to live a meaningful story worth reading.
Carl lives in Southern New Hampshire with his wife Amanda and together they are raising a small tribe of four young (somewhat crazy) women with the goal of unleashing them on the world to change it for the better.
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2 thoughts on “Hard Choice Ahead”
The signs are always right there…many times they are subtle, like a whisper in my mind, or a momentary hesitation, or that twinge in my gut…
The one common denominator for me in recognizing these signs is presence–when I am present in the moment, not distracted, when I am truly listening without thinking of my rebuttal, the signs are clear and I have the opportunity to respond.
Thanks for the reminder Carl!
A great point about the role of being present when seeing these signs!
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