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A Mediocre Performance

Article posted 15th Nov 2018Engagement News

I loved my time at Secondary School, I found Physics and Chemistry particularly fascinating. This amazing world of science would stretch my mind in ways I loved and hated all at the same time. Last week, I happened to come across my school report. To say I was shocked was an understatement, as I read the words ‘a mediocre performance’. Although I went on to qualify as a Pharmacist, and have a successful career in what I do, if you were reading my report, you would have been amazed if this individual was capable of becoming anything in life. The judgement of others can at times become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Thankfully I was deluded enough with my love for the subjects, that I clearly didn’t take much heed of the feedback I was given about what the teachers thought of my abilities.

How often do we brand people as incapable at work? I’ve met so many people who were thought of as ‘mediocre’ who went on to be utterly brilliant in the organisations they subsequently joined. Was it them holding themselves back for the right organisation? I don’t think so. In a world where talent matters more than ever, we need to become much better at spotting talent and nurturing it, so we can benefit from the latent skills within our teams.

I can’t help feeling how wrong my teachers were about me, and more importantly, about my passion for the subjects. As leaders, we all have huge responsibilities to be fair and just to the people we judge and assess, whether it’s through a regular 1-2-1 meeting, or during appraisals. Challenge yourself to find the passion in each team member, you might be surprised by what you discover…

Posted by Amrit Sandhar

Amrit Sandhar is the founder of The Engagement Coach. He started a career in healthcare as a qualified Pharmacist, where he went on to oversee half of the UK’s Pharmacy and Optical units for Walmart’s UK operation, Asda. Having successfully worked in the healthcare sector, Amrit went on to head up Employee Engagement for Asda, before taking up a role with the prestigious Sunday Times Best Companies organisation, working at boardroom level, helping organisations improve their employee engagement. Amrit is a qualified executive coach with an Advanced Certificate in Leadership and Executive Coaching with the Bristol Business School (ILM level 7 qualified in Executive Coaching & Leadership Mentoring). He is also a Walmart accredited AIM change trainer, Strengthscope accredited consultant, NLP Master Practitioner and has a CIPD Advanced Diploma (Level 7) in HRM/HRD.