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Do you challenge your high performer(s) ?

Posted by Namita Panigrahi on October 28, 2010

The other day, my son’s teacher mentioned that GATE (Gifted and Talented) students tend to perform better when they are challenged. When a child is a high-performer, the teacher must set the bar high. In fact, a challenging environment boosts their energy to excel further.

How interesting.

I realize that the same is true in our work environment. If you have a highly productive team, you tend to set high expectations for them. Each time, they amaze you with their dedication and commitment; they build your trust and confidence.  That trust, inspires you to challenge them more to the benefit of the whole team. 

In a typical work environment, we tend to focus on how to motivate people, and often overlook how to challenge a high performing team so that they don’t lose steam.
While, managers usually feel fortunate to have high performing talents (so that they can get the tasks done easily), they tend to forget the fact that with great gifts come great responsibility.  Managers need to continue to set the bar high, and be ready to reward achievement.   As a middle manager, with little in the way of monetary budget, intrinsic motivations are even more important.

 I strongly feel, as a leader, it is our responsibility to focus on our high performers and set challenging environments for them to thrive and excel.

7 Responses to “Do you challenge your high performer(s) ?”

  1. Meg Bear said

    Namita, thanks for coming back to the challenging environment of blogging. It makes my heart happy to see 😉


  2. Great post Namita! Many managers find themselves looking for ways to motivate their high performers and overlook one of the best forms of motivations for these individuals – a good challenge!

    I have included your post in my Rainmaker ‘Fab Five’ blog picks of the week (found here: http://www.maximizepossibility.com/employee_retention/2010/10/the-1.html) to share your great reminder with my readers.

    Be well!

    • Namita Panigrahi said

      Thanks Chris for your comment.I am glad you liked it and picked for the “fav five blog picks”.It’s indeed a big challenge for a true manager to manage and motivate the high performers.

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