It starts with a creeping doubt. This guy, that girl, despite their obvious intelligence, great work ethic and decent performance in the role … maybe they’re a bit too much trouble. It feels like they need convincing rather than explaining, their colleagues are reluctant to engage, meetings take longer when they’re involved.
Over time, the doubt become a suspicion becomes a certainty – even you step around them whenever you can.
With weak performers, the action is obvious – move them on. All that trouble and below par production; an easy decision.
With high performers it’s tempting to let it slide. To value individual output over team cohesion. But it’s the wrong answer. It’s a team killer. The right answer is always the right answer – move them on.
The immediate impact: pain, relief, speed, a closer team, and a commitment to act faster if it happens again.
Skippy strategy: When you know, act.
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