By Michael Holland
I ran a red light yesterday. Not intentionally, mind you, but clearly I did run the light. I was in a new area and looking for my next turn when I found myself coming up to an intersection with a light that was already yellow. It’s that moment in time, the split second that you have to make a decision and with all the information at hand, I made the decision there was no way I could stop in time. So, forward I went. The light turned red and I found myself running a red light. . . . with my 17 year old son staring at me.
Leading a team of employees is a lot like coming up to a traffic light. Each employee can be viewed as green or yellow or red.
- Green Light – These employees have the right skills, great potential and are in the right role at the moment. In the words of Jim Collins from Good to Great fame, they are on the bus and in the right seat.
- Yellow Light – These employees are questionable. They are either 1) a problem performer or 2) a great performer but are in the wrong seat on the bus.
- Red Light – These employees are a problem. They should not be on the bus at all. Your bus is going over the Rocky Mountains to San Francisco and these employees should be on the bus heading to anywhere else.