I sat at a meeting recently where 3 people were required to take on positions of responsibility. The main role was filled but from a group of over 60 people, there were no volunteers or nominations for the remaining 2 positions. Most of the people had arrived at the meeting because they wanted change. But very few wanted to be the architects of change. Spectators vs Players. Its much easier to be a spectator.

In business, there is also a problem with too many spectators. Very few people really want to take on responsibility for themselves, let alone other people. Why is this? Especially since taking on responsibility and being the architect of positive change can do so much for an individual. It can cause and force them to grow as a person. It would require them to get involve, have a voice and challenge themselves to be better.

Very few people actually want this, they want to fit in. They want to keep the head down and plod along.

How many of these “head down”, “plod along” people do you have.

And this is your company. If you do have people like this in your team, the first one to haveleadership time for to accept responsibility for it is your good self. Either you hired them like this (and therefore your hiring system needs improvement) or they got like this since you hired them (and therefore your people development skills need to be enhanced). Either way, the problem is yours and you have to do something about it.

Some steps to take?

1. Work out how must income your business has lost by working with mediocre people

2. Outline the options you have available – Appraise, Question, Plan for improvement, Plan for Departure

3. Identify why the situation has happened in the first place and how you were responsible for this negative development

4. Identify some systems improvements to prevent recurrence at same rate.

5. Go to work on yourself. Learn how to be a better leader and learn how to lead the team properly so that they welcome responsibility and achievement.

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About the author,

Hi I’m Derek O’Dwyer. I have been an ActionCOACH for the last 18 years. I live in Clare and work with businesses around Ireland to take their business to the next level. I am passionate about business and providing help and advice. In the past 18 years I have worked with over 400 business owners helping them and their business. I adapt my coaching depending on what you and your business need. I find that each coaching relationship is different but as long as we understand that we have a common objective with timescales, positive things happen quickly. I am a firm believer i the concept of “what you can measure you can manage” and “what you measure you can improve”. Key performance indicators and accountability form the bedrock of my coaching platforms. If making more money from your business, working less hours in your business and having a great team running your business then it’s worth having a discussion with me. If you are willing to implement changes I will be there to help every step of the way. In terms of personal accolades and recognition I have been awarded ActionCOACH of the year in Ireland every year for the last ten years In 2019 I was inducted into the ActionCOACH Global Hall Of Fame I was global Rookie Coach of The Year in 2002 having achieved remarkable success as the first ActionCOACH in Europe. Many of my clients have also received awards from their peers for their business improvements.

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