Running toward the Fire
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I Made a Mistake. Now what? 4 Tips to Correct the Mistake
|Posted on March 28, 2019 at 1:10 PM|
Everyone hates being wrong. Especially at work; when you've been at it for awhile. We don't consider ourselves amateurs anymore. We might even consider ourselves pros. But mistakes happen. Here's a story about something that happened in a recent consult I had:
I was working with a personal aide in school and she was horrified that she offered the learner she was working with a piece of chocolate while he was engaged in challenging behavior (i.e. calling others stupid, saying, "I hate you" or "You're fired"). Well, here's the backstory: Mom sent in cookies for lunch that the learner did not like. He was really upset about it. When others tried to engage him, with all intentions of helping, it escalated the behavior. The personal aide waited until he was calm (even if it was only a few seconds) and offered him chocolate. The challenging behavior stopped. The learner walked to his next class (engaging in appropriate behavior the whole time). And the aide delivered the chocolate.
Was she all wrong? No. She waited until he calmed. The aide had him engage in appropriate behavior before delivering the reinforcer. Here's where I think she could use some help. Instead of offering chocolate, knowing it is highly motivating to the student, she could have stated, "Thanks for standing quietly. When you have appropriate behavior, then you get chocolate." The contingency management statement changes it from enticing to expectation. She could have also used the contingency management statement at precursor behaviors (i.e. throwing the cookies away and saying he wanted something else).
We all make mistakes. We are all human. The point is that what we do after is most important.
What steps can we take to rectify the mistake? How do we error correct?
1. Apologize and fix it. Sometimes apologies are warranted and when they are, make them-SINCERELY! If you can fix it, own it and fix the problem. If you can't, figure out a way that it won't happen again or how you can do damage control. And share your plan with the people effected by your mistake.
2. Think about what could happen. Plan ahead. You can cut possible mistakes off at the knees if you have a plan for how to address them before they are even an issue.
3. Think on your feet. If you see a situation not going the way you want, how can you course correct? Commit to the redirect and do it.
4. If it doesn't work, abandon ship. Decisions need to be made quickly before issues get even bigger. If it's not working, cut your losses. Try plan B...or C...or D. That's why planning ahead is essential.
Leave a comment below about how one of these 4 Tips could have changed an Oh @#$% moment when you made a mistake.
The Easiest Performance Improvement Tool
|Posted on March 22, 2019 at 10:25 AM|
Performance improvement is always a hot topic; whether you are addressing your own or your employees.
Feedback is one of the most important consequences in a leader's toolbox. It lets the employee/staff know what they are doing well and what needs improvement. How do staff know what to do more of or less of without ongoing communication? It also solves leaders' problems with ensuring quality staff are hired and maintained.
Here's an example from one of the agencies I consulted with:
When I worked with the largest healthcare company in their field in the region, they were having difficulty maintaining quality staff. Looking at their onboarding process, attendance at orientation was the only requirement for them to move on to next steps. One of the orientation days for clinical staff required new hires to demonstrate the needed skills to succeed at the company. The new hires showed their abilities on current patients. If the supervisor did not feel the new hire demonstrated skills to fluency (fast and accurate over time), the new hire would be placed with a preceptor for additional training. However, there were no criteria for fading of the preceptor. The preceptors did not rate if the new hire now had fluency in all needed skill areas.
As part of the intervention, with input from the preceptors, supervisors and executive management, we developed a behaviorally anchored rating scale (BARS) for providing feedback to new hires/staff and to make decisions about onboarding and continued employment during their skills day, at the end of preceptor training and for ongoing performance reviews. We assessed if the new hires/staff performed duties to fluent mastery, if they needed two or less verbal prompts to perform the skill, if they needed supervisor demonstration of the skill or could not perform the skill at all. This allowed management to determine how long preceptor training was needed or continued, if the staff continued to perform at mastery levels and played a part in performance improvement bonuses.
This was an easy fix to help onboard/maintain quality staff that is still used today within the company.
Using Rating Scales as Part of Staff Feedback to Improve Performance
Feedback without information about performance to back it up is subjective. One of the easiest ways to objectively provide feedback is to use rating scales as part of performance evaluations.
To develop BARS, every key task performed by the staff member needs to be known and defined. Additionally, there needs to be an understanding of all behaviors displayed by individuals that carry out these key tasks. Each behavior is rated and anchored to points on a rating scale, which indicate whether the behavior is extraordinary, fully competent, or unsatisfactory. The result is a rating scale for each task.
For example, in a hypothetical position of housekeeping aide at a hospital, one of the performer's responsibilities is to empty the patient's trash. The BARS for this task could be ranked as follows:
3 — Extraordinary performance: Empties trash in all rooms and offers greetings and small talk to patients.
2 — Fully competent performance: Empties trash in all rooms and greets patients.
1 — Marginal performance: Empties most trash and ignores patients.
0 — Unsatisfactory performance: Does not perform task or performs less than 75%.
BARS are easy to use. The behavioral indicators make managers and employees aware of expectations.
BARS are objective. The evaluation process is defined and the same for every employee.
BARS are individualized. It promotes consistency within a company.
BARS are action-oriented. Standards of care are known, and staff know what they need to do to improve.
Leave a comment about what specific behavior using a BARS with your staff you would target to improve.
Pushed Beyond Limits
|Posted on March 19, 2019 at 8:10 AM|
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Learning Outside of Your Field
|Posted on March 3, 2019 at 12:40 AM|
It's not often that I share my personal feelings on the Blog or Social Media. For whatever reason, I feel the need.
I signed up for a business school professional development course. B-School by Marie Forleo to be precise. I've been following her work for about 4 or 5 years...maybe even longer. She's amazing and talented and someone who has created the life she wants to lead (in business and personally). Who doesn't want that?! So, I finally took the plunge and joined B-School.
Well, B-School hasn't even officially started yet. It drops Monday. But, I've been completing the bonus modules. It's amazing and I'm so excited about it but at the same time I have this uncomfortable feeling. I know part of it is fear, but it's more than that. I'm learning, have gotten clarity on a lot of my goals and generated new ideas from the content. So, what's the problem?
Honestly, I think it's what everyone goes through when they start something new. We're beginners and aren't used to being amateurs. After the number of years you spend in your field and becoming really skilled, or even an expert, starting from the beginning again is scary. And exciting! It makes you better in your industry because you now have more knowledge than you previously did. You're able to bring a new set of eyes or a different strategy than you had before.
Being an eternal student, I love learning. And hate it. No, I just love it. But always have the uncomfortable feelings creep in when it goes beyond the context of the field where I've spent more than half my life. Do I believe it? Is it a credible source?
Do you go through this too? Share your thoughts in the comments!