Help, I am a Failure!


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Help, I am a Failure!

  1. 1. Help me! I am a Failure!
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>No one likes to be an underperformer. </li></ul><ul><li>It can be embarrassing and discouraging. </li></ul><ul><li>Yet, many of us have at times failed to meet expectations. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Bright Side of Life <ul><li>The good news is that poor performance isn't incurable. </li></ul><ul><li>It's possible to turn it around and save your reputation with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A sincere approach, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And the right support. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Accept and Understand it <ul><li>There is often a complex set of causes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You may be managed poorly. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You are part of a weak team. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately the tendency is to attribute too much to external events. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Accept and Understand it <ul><li>It is recommended taking a hard look at your performance and distinguishing between what you can change and what you can't. </li></ul><ul><li>You should ask colleagues for their input to better understand how you are missing targets. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ask for Help <ul><li>If you're screwing up, you should be open with your boss. </li></ul><ul><li>But be concrete about what you ask for. Don't try to use philosophy to ask and answer your questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Others will be more open to helping you if you show them how they can help. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Involving Others <ul><li>Involving others (Peers, mentors, etc.) can also be helpful. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for feedback about how you are performing and advice on how you can improve. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Decide What to Focus on <ul><li>It is recommended using a checklist to assess the underlying causes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Effort: Am I putting enough time and energy into the work? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategy: Am I working smartly rather than relying on routine? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talent: Do I have the skills, knowledge, and capabilities to do my job well? </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Restore your Reputation <ul><li>As you begin to turn your performance around, you may realize that your reputation has been damaged. </li></ul><ul><li>If this happens, you need to pay careful attention to how you appear to others. </li></ul><ul><li>You not only need to perform better, but you need to be seen to perform better. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Principles to Remember <ul><li>Do: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize what is in your control to change and what isn't </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sincerely ask for advice and feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include others in your improvement efforts so they can see and appreciate your progress. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Principles to Remember <ul><li>Don't: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be defensive about your underperformance and try to blame it on outside events or other people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assume that just because you are improving, others recognize it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay at a job where you've become permanently labeled an underperformer. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Lico Reis Consultoria & Línguas Roberto Lico Reis [email_address] E-books: Linkedin: Twitter: @licoreis