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Fired: Performance Problems or People Problems?

Fired: Performance Problems or People Problems?

In a society where performance is trumpeted, the cold truth is that people problems can be job fatal at most nonprofits. Nonprofits normally don't fire team members due to performance problems. Mostly, nonprofits fire team members due to people problems. Today, emotional Intelligence (EI) is more important at non-profits than for profits (and it is becoming extremely important at for profit organizations). Why?  Non-profits are normally focused on mission. Anything that distracts from that mission, like team-member conflict, is job fatal.  Nonprofits are unique because they are often led and staffed with people who are so mission-minded that they lack EI. Not the Wrong Leader, Just Needs New Skills In my work with nonprofits over the last 25 years, leaders and mid-managers are often hard-working, task-oriented people with discomfort when trying to guide employees with the small corrections that a coaching-leader uses.  Often, a task-oriented person works loyally and long hours for a minist ...Read more »
Manager Pre-requisite: Create

Manager Pre-requisite: Create

Hiring new managers is a humbling experience.  I've had hits.  I've had misses.  And that's why I work so hard to minimize misplaced hires--so I keep a file of competencies that I expect in new managers. While visiting Curriculum Night for my seventh-grader, one teacher presented the new grading system for the school:    Remember / Understand / Apply    40%   Analyze / Evaluate / Create    60% In essence, 40% of the grade will come from showing the ability to memorize, understand and apply the material while 60% of the grade will come from analyzing, evaluating and creating new material from the base concepts.  The weight is with the Creators. Recently, a client said that they really liked a new manager they hired a short time back.  During the interview process, the new manager demonstrated an ability to talk the industry jarg ...Read more »
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