Management Tip of the Day: Ways to turn around your performance

Wed Dec 1, 2010 12:09pm EST
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BOSTON (Reuters) - No one likes to be an underperformer. But failing to meet expectations doesn't have to be the end of the world. Harvard Business Review says there are specific ways to turn things around.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"No one likes to be an underperformer. Yet, failing to meet expectations doesn't have to feel like the end of the world. Follow these three steps to turn your poor performance around:

1. Accept it and ask for help. Don't be defensive. If the data show you are underperforming, accept it and ask for help to get better. Ask others to share insights about how you can improve.

2. Understand the underlying cause. Do you not have the right skills? Are you uninterested in the work? Whatever it is, get to the bottom of what's causing you to come up short.

3. Commit to change. Identify what it is you need to do differently and ask those around you to keep you accountable."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "Help! I'm an Underperformer," by Amy Gallo.

<p>A dealer points to a chart showing the FTSE performance in the past week on a screen on the trading floor of IG Index in London May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs</p>