There are two types of overachievers. The first are those immensely talented people whose skills blow you away, but also tend to behave like divas. They can be demanding, condescending, and often rub people the wrong way. My advice? Get rid of them as quickly as possible! The chemistry of your team is far more important than a single member’s talent.
The second type of overachiever has out-of-this-world skills and is also a good teammate. These are the real superstars: They appreciate others, enjoy building the team dynamic, and can communicate effectively. These overachievers can be as rare as unicorns, and when you find one, you have to give them proper attention. You don’t want to focus so much on your “A+” players that you offend the other players on your team, but keep this in mind: The team members most able to leave and find better opportunities, even in a tough market, are your top performers. This week’s first tip covers what you can do to keep those top players on your team.
In this week’s second, member-only tip, we’ll get even more specific about how to engage your future top performers, often referred to as “high potentials.” Let these employees know where they stand, give them higher rewards, present them with better opportunities. Even though their expertise and skill may require more time to manage and more money to compensate, it’s far more costly to lose them to your competition. Check out these tips to get an edge on retaining your best team members, and check back next week for another Management Tip.