Life is a strange set of coincidences isn’t it?
Two weeks ago I had lunch with my new team in advance of starting. It was a fun experience and I certainly benefited from being able to meet them in an informal setting (and with chicken katsu curry thrown in for good measure). Later that afternoon I met up with @dougshaw1 for a catch up on a myriad of different things and he was telling me about a talk he’d seen at TedX Portsmouth featuring a guy talking about performance.
So this week full steam ahead for the new gig and in meeting the FD (who it turns out is Welsh and we bonded over the grand slam) he invited me to join his team for a day long session they were having with an external coach whose name is Chris Shambrook. Chris works for a business who support our organisation with leadership development and coaching.
Being a nosey type, in dribs and drabs I have been reading through their website and their LinkedIn profiles and whilst going through their blog yesterday evening the penny finally dropped that the TedX guy is Dr Chris Shambrook who is running the team day for the finance team today.
I have linked to his talk below but he makes two points that have stuck with me – both are things you kind of know but actually the clarity with which he presents them really allow you to think notice them:
1. When organisations talk about performance they are usually talking about results (all about the outputs and no consideration of the inputs)
2. Why do we only give performance improvement plans for people we adjudge to be not delivering results?
You could argue that we do give performance improvement plans to people who are delivering results but we just call them something different but it is worthy of some consideration I think.
He gives some really fun illustrations of the differences of consideration of performance in sport (he works with Olympians) and performance in organisations and rather than transcribe them I’ll let you watch the video and although I can’t join for the whole day today I am looking forward to meeting Chris and seeing how his TedX talk and his perspectives manifest in an actual team who are working together.