Care and Feeding of Top Performers

Care and Feeding of Top PerformersAs most managers know, mediocre and poor employees take up most of your time. Your great performers -- well it's easy to let them do their thing without much guidance. A boat on a steady heading doesn't need much work at the helm.

Or does it? A hands-off approach won't keep your stars happy, argues business consultant Marshall Goldsmith in this recent post on Harvard Business.

The key is giving your high achievers the right kind of feedback. Provide them challenges and growth opportunities. Express to them honestly the real value they bring to the party. Be honest about future opportunities.

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "The rich, they're different from you and me." In a way, star performers are different, too, and their managers must be sensitive in their approach.

For more on managing stars, see:

Recruiting Star Performers in the War for Talent The Key to Managing Stars? Think Team
(Star image by Patty_Colmer, CC 2.0)