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Episode 1611st August 2022 • Leaders Light The Path • Dr. Michael Gerharz
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A small shift in how you evaluate how your employees perform can make a huge difference …

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Job references are issued at the end of a work relationship.

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Sometimes in between, but normally at the end.

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They are usually a judgment of how well an employee has performed during the

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period after the work has been done.

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You are the judge, you evaluate their work and you write up

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your verdict in a reference.

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It makes it seem like the responsibility for an employee's performance would

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be totally theirs, not the leaders.

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This relationship changes dramatically when you write a job reference at

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the beginning of your relationship and keep it in your drawer.

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What would the ideal job reference for that employee look like if it turned

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out to become a perfect relationship?

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Really!

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Write your employee the best reference you can think of – only in advance.

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make it your responsibility that

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they live up to it, not theirs.

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Provide them with the environment and the support they need to thrive.

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Don't blame them if they don't deliver the results.

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Ask yourself, how you can support them better.

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It forces you to be more considerate about whom you hire.

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But more importantly, it forces you to do everything you can to get the

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optimum out of your relationship.

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And in that sense, when you finally write the real reference, the one that

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gets handed over, it's much more a verdict about your performance as a

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leader as it is about their performance.