Remove 'Blockers' to Keep Top Performers
By Eric Herrenkohl
Anyone who has ever had a garden or engaged in any level of do-it-yourself landscaping understands the need for two essential characteristics – patience and decisiveness. You need patience – and perhaps a certain measure of confidence and faith – that what you’ve planted will take root and grow. On the other hand, you need decisiveness and the ability to remove plants that fail to grow and thrive as expected, even the ones you’re really attached to emotionally and financially. If you’ve ever bought a $300 Chinese maple tree and watched it slowly wither away, you know how that feels.
I was struck by the parallels between gardening and the basic tenets of effective leadership during a recent conversation I had with Bobby Ukrop, former CEO of the legendary Ukrop’s Super Markets grocery store chain from 1998 to 2010 in Richmond, Va., and currently CEO and president of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods. During my wide-ranging conversation with Ukrop on his vast experiences as a leader, I asked him if he would do anything differently given the opportunity to revisit past decisions. His answer was surprising and enlightening.
First, he said that in hindsight he would have “moved good people around” more often and not kept them in “silos.” But even more than seeding other functions and departments with his star performers, Ukrop said he’d have spent less of his time and energy working to help poor performers succeed.
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