It is true that supervisors should provide positive feedback when employees achieve their goals. This approach keeps employees motivated to continue to work hard, be engaged and have positive outcomes. I have seen this approach work time and time again in multiple industries, corporations and even the U.S. Marine Corps.
The reality is that many employees are in this segment. They constitute the majority of people who are somewhat, sort of, kind of and maybe getting by enough to continue to have a job. Within this cohort, some have the potential to be star performers, while others do not.
Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, was a big fan of terminating 10 percent of his managers on an annual basis. Welch believed it moved GE closer to its goals of being No. 1 or No. 2 in the markets it served.
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