A recent article When to Fire a Top Performer on the HBR Blog Network by Eric Sinoway caught my eye. In the article Eric classifies employees into four categories based on their performance and their alignment with the organisation’s values and culture.
Sinoway’s four categories include:
- Stars are the employees we all love — the ones who “do the right thing” the “right way” .
- High potentials are those whose behavior we value — who do things the right way but whose skills need further maturation or enhancement. With training, time, and support, these people are your future stars.
- Zombies fail on both counts. Their behavior doesn’t align with the cultural aspirations of the organization and their performance is mediocre.
- Vampires are the real threat. These employees perform well but in a manner that is at cross-purposes with desired organizational culture.
The ‘Vampires’ as Sinoway calls them can cause untold damage to your organisation, despite the appearance that they ‘get results’.
Reading the article reminded me of a framework I had learned from Jack Welch while he was CEO of GE.
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