The stats say if your performance doesn’t suck today, it likely will tomorrow.
In the middle of a downturn, it's easy to blame the economic environment for our performance woes... and it's easier than you might think to unwittingly encourage a culture of complacency.
Here are a few of points to consider.
Only by maintaining a factual perspective can everyone see there is a problem. Teams must set meaningful targets and make those intensely personal for each person.
In a Yoda-esque statement, former CEO, and chairman of the board of Intel Corporation, Andy Grove said, “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.” Leaders must remain ever vigilant.
"Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive."
Complacency is the result of inaction by leadership; and inaction is a choice
Low performers are complacent because they are allowed to perceive they are succeeding at something. I consistently come across performance issues which are rooted in leadership not holding everyone to a “standard of success” based on the creation of real value.
The good news... it can be prevented, and it can be reversed.
Business Performance Articles for the Progressive Executive and Emerging Leader
Be the leader you were meant to be.
For over 15 years I've helped leaders get more from their careers, and give more to their people. My research and techniques have been required reading in Canadian business schools. I write, speak, and coach full-time. I am the luckiest husband alive, and a father with a daughter and two sons. I live near the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Canada.
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