In Effective Communication, Evidence-Based Leadership, Leadership, Performance Management

Leaders and teachers are under tremendous pressure to perform, yet most school districts (and organizations in general) struggle with performance management. This means we may not even begin to think about driving performance of our high and solid performing colleagues because we spend all our time “managing” low performers.

Performance Conversations Research from Straight A Leadership Assessment shows that 52% of people  who are not meeting performance expectations are aware of it. This means the remaining 48% are not only not aware of it, but they do not have a corrective action plan to improve performance

Where to begin? First, diagnose; determine which category members of your team fall into: low, solid, or high performers. In a video on driving performance, Studer says that we often move into the second phase (treatment) too quickly without first effectively diagnosing individuals’ levels of performance. What’s the importance of first diagnosing? From Maximize Performance:

For the most part, we’ve found there are some proven ways to deal with each type of performer to move the organization to the next level. And deal with them we must, because less than optimal performance can have a devastating effect.

Continuous ImprovementOne important lesson is that moving low performers up or out of an organization heavily influences whether it can move from bad to good, good to great, or sustain greatness. It’s a message also delivered by Jim Collins in Good to Great when he stresses getting the right people on the bus, and in the right seat, and the wrong ones off! The same holds true for school systems seeking to improve performance. Begin today. Diagnose.

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Each year in August Studer Education showcases select partners and school district executives at What’s Right in Education in Chicago. In 2016, more than 200 educational leaders attended. During the month we’ll share some of the Twitter feed (#WRIE) takeaways from the event which highlight how school district leaders are all in, all of the time when it comes to improving their school districts and their students’ learning experience.

Learn more about attending Studer Education’s What’s Right in Education for cross-district leadership teams or Destination High Performance for executive leaders by emailing Erica at or Ryan at

Our mission at Studer Education is to assist education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. The goal of our work with school districts and executive leaders is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Visit us online at Studer Education is a division of Studer Group and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Filed under: How to Lead… Tagged: Critical Conversations, Evidence-Based Leadership, High Performance, High Performers, Leadership, Performance, Quint Studer, Studer Education, What’s Right in Education, WRIE

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