The Peter?principle This principle is an observation that within an organisational hierarchy, every employee will rise or get promoted to their level of incompetence. Incompetence may be where nature stops. You (myself included) are not all capable of, for example, being surgeons, vetsAnd carers. Or are you” Is it not your natural passions that motivates you to want to do something well? I know amazing people who work in care homes with both adults and children. I certainly could not do the job anywhere near as well as them. I don’t have the passion, patience or the want. However, left to use only their instinct and passions would the care homes run as well” By nurturing them and developing their skillset there is an opportunity to synchronise both their passion (nature) with external development (nurture)?to create something better. Therefore, for most (not all) individuals with their passion aligned to the correct attitude, behaviour, environment and nurturing they will overcome the initial level incompetence of where nature leaves off. That said, not everyone wants to be the best, or most senior and so their level of incompetence may actually be a result of disinterest. The most common reason for the disparity amongst managers arises from a lack of tools, support and direction that is being provided. Those struggling are unlikely to have the correct tools to manage themselves, let alone the tools to be able to manage the team successfully and effectively. Nature will take you part way to better?management, nurture will round the edges and give you the skillset to finish the job off. It is not only yourself who notices underperformance, your team are all seeing it. It is time to take action. Margo Manningis a leadership and development coach, as well asAuthor of The Step Up Mindset for New Managers ( £14.99, Panoma Press).
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