OK, It’s January, and everyone is back at work in most states.
I’ve shamelessly purloined much of this post from Ivy, which has good articles from time to time on running your business.
I’ve seen this scenario play out many times among our small business Solutions Forum clients, so I’m passing along their article paragraph headers (you can fill in the paras):
- The person who wants to be promoted doesn’t really have much basis for his/her belief, other than Johnny/Susie down the corridor got promoted.
- They’re not very entrepreneurial, which means they haven’t bugged you lately about the idea they had about improving xyz.
- They’re not a team player, but in a small business that might not be too important, as long as they do what they’re asked to do. Do they do more than asked?
- They come to you with problems, not solutions to your challenges. You’re not Dr. Laura.
- They ask for a lot of overtime. If they can’t get their job done in regular time, there’s a problem, and you should discuss it.
- Conversely, they’ve got track shoes on ready to bolt at 5 pm. Normally, a little overtime should be expected by you.
- They do their job exactly as they’re asked, with no ideas for improvement. Everybody has ways to improve their job, even on an assembly line.