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.
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.