I am just in the middle of something else at the moment
I would love to help out but I am in the middle of a few other things.
I have been in the middle of some ongoing project work which means I have not finished my report.
Before you can address middling behaviour you need to have some insight into the motivation of the middler. Understanding what drives and motivates the middler is the key to challenging and changing the middling behaviour. Furthermore you need to be aware of how the organisation inadvertently reinforces middling behaviour because of poor performance management, inadequate managerial skills and lack of training and development.
Here are some of the ways to deal with middlers…
- Ask them exactly what they are working on – middlers are very skilled at being non specific and non committal
- Develop very structured and focus performance measures – make it really obvious what you expect
- Follow up – you need to continually follow up and check in with middlers
- Implement consequences – if middlers don’t perform be prepared to pass on the consequences of non performance
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