Bad performers

Treat your bad performers with dignity.

It is far too easy to get caught up in the moment and treat someone like you don’t want be treated yourself. You think that employee is not working out and your goals are being impacted, and your bonuses are getting reduced. In a cut-throat culture that favors fire faster to preserve efficiency, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the other person is human, inherently flawed and not perfect. And, certainly at the wrong place at this point in time.

Treat them with dignity. Give them options and part ways gracefully. You never know the full picture. 

Project missing deadlines? Do a pre-mortem.

Project missing deadlines? Do a pre-mortem.

The basic idea of premortem is this. When you start a major project, you essentially indulge all the key leaders in a thought exercise centered around a futuristic scenario of your project failing. You start with the premise that the project is a major failure and have everyone write a reason for why that happened.

Why we overcommit?

Why we overcommit?

There is a fair bit of research around employees in a company overcommitting to things in a company. Frankly, it is easy to say yes than say no. The reason for that is, saying no requires a lot of work today, because the word 'no' demands reasons. The reasons are hard and require a lot of understanding around how each aspect of the product works.