Do We keep Our Non-Performers Too Long?

Spring Training is well under way and along with it no lack of metaphors about baseball and business. Here’s one from Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, one of the most successful technology companies of the past decade.

When asked what has been the most valuable lesson he’s learned as a CEO, Weiner says “leaving the pitcher in the game for too long”. Take a minute to review this one page blog entry to learn if you have a tendency to leave your “pitchers” in too long… and four tips on what to do about it.

Often we mix up compassion with procrastination. Emotionally we are stymied from moving forward and making the change – usually what is best for the organization as well as the individual involved. Make the change, you will be glad you did.

In my CEO groups we speak to this often subject often – I have a CFO that is not working out well. Invariably, the CEO wants to give him additional time to improve his performance. A few months later, the CEO comes back and there has been no performance change. Our group finally ‘pushes’ him to make the change.

Procrastination – sometimes it is best to move on.

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