They're On Your Team, Right?

I've seen managers and executives who seem to be obsessed with looking for what their people are doing wrong or mistakes they've made. And I've seen some play one-ups-manship and "gotcha" games.

But you are on the same team, right? They're an extension of you, correct? So help them be successful by encouraging, supporting, guiding, challenging, and stimulating them to be better performers. Develop their skills and abilities and make them more valuable to you and your organization. Build trusting relationships with common goals and candid talk. Give credit for accomplishments and treat people with dignity. Why on Earth would you do it differently?