Susy Roberts, 25th May 2015
The ECB’s decision to exclude star batsman Kevin Pietersen from the England cricket team has divided opinion and inflamed debate. While some see the decision as entirely justified – on the grounds that Pietersen’s ‘a total maverick’ – it saddens me to see top-performers cast aside.
The fact is, the very personality traits that enable someone to rise to the top of their game, such as intelligence, independence, confidence and determination, are also the same traits that can cause them to constantly brush people up the wrong way, if not managed properly.
Presented with the ‘bad behaviour’ of a top performer, the tendency of most managers is to either turn a blind eye or issue threats and warnings until they’re left with no choice but to sack them. There, is of course, a better way forward… Read Full Article →