Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Help! I'm an Underperformer

Being an under-performer is neither a sin nor a crime.  Indeed, under-performers often contribute much to the organization, although less than expected.  Career challenges, anxiety, and team issues can result from underperformance.  "It can be embarrassing, discouraging, and bewildering,"  Amy Gallo writes in her blog post Help! I'm an Underperformer.

Many excellent suggestions are provided in this blog, including the following "Principles to Remember:"
  • Recognize what is in your control to change and what isn't
  • Sincerely ask for advice and feedback
  • Include others in your improvement efforts so they can see and appreciate your progress"
  • Be defensive about your underperformance and try to blame it on outside events or other people
  • Assume that just because you are improving, others recognize it
  • Stay at a job where you've become permanently labeled an underperformer"
Read Amy's blog post at Help! I'm an Underperformer.

Perry Cone practices insurance, compliance and government law, and consults for in-house counsel, from the Tallahassee office of GrayRobinson. He writes from his perspective as a former general counsel, legal executive, and leader in the Florida insurance industry. Visit Perry's blog at

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