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So, what excuse did you find this week?

Who? Me? We are all sometimes confronted with our own lack of performance! Wouldn’t you agree? Why don’t we do what we know we should do? What is your performance issue? Is it your unmet sales targets? A missed deadline, a budget overrun, or important stuff still not done?

Well, we could probably go on for a while completing that list.

From a leadership perspective the question that every manager should ask him/herself in circumstances when excuses are being made for a lack of performance is: How did I contribute to the situation?

Are you surprised? Indeed, the issue is not that you or your direct reports are lazy or not working hard enough but rather that you/they don’t feel sufficiently accountable.

And empowering others and holding everyone accountable is YOUR job! Was I clear enough in communicating my expectations? Have I provided the necessary feedback, support, training, on-the-job coaching etc.?

So, before passing any verdict, become curious, open up to the possibility of a different story and make sure you adjust your leadership behaviors and habits.

Not sure how? We can support you, feel free to contact us.

We specialize in behavior and habit change, addressing skills building in healthy dialogue and crucial conversations, accountability, leadership and influence.

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At Inspiring Culture, we believe that sustainable performance comes from combining business and people management excellence.

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