No one likes to be an underperformer. Yet, failing to meet expectations doesn’t have to feel like the end of the world. Follow these three steps to turn your poor performance around:
- Accept it and ask for help. Don’t be defensive. If the data shows you are underperforming, accept it and ask for help to get better. Ask others to share insights about how you can improve.
- Understand the underlying cause. Do you not have the right skills? Are you uninterested in the work? Whatever it is, get to the bottom of what’s causing you to come up short.
- Commit to change. Identify what it is you need to do differently and ask those around you to keep you accountable.
3 Steps to Turning Around Your Performance – Management Tip of the Day – December 1, 2010 – Harvard Business Review.