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Employee discipline?
Bill, USA
I will be starting my first real management position soon, one in which I may have to work out negative situations, and possibly disciple and/or dismiss employees. While I agree with the positive emphasis here, I wonder how such employee discipline can be carried out in this context.

Employee Discipline
David, Australia
Bill, self-discipline is most effective. We are far more committed when it comes from within. Goleman's suggested Leadership Styles are focused on ensuring the conditions are right for teams to take responsibility and do what's needed.
Of course if all else fails you can adopt a commanding style - used in a targeted and judicious fashion you'll get your message across. Good luck.

Employee Discipline
Toy Radebe, Coach, South Africa
Bill, it is important to understand your team as individuals and support them in their work. Encourage and support them in using the strength. Ask then to come up with plans / suggestions in addressing their weaknesses (this should be part of performance contract and career development), of course hold them to their commitment. Your role should be to support and guide through mentoring and coaching. Your staff will be self disciplined.

First Step!
Edwin Eka, HR Consultant, Indonesia
Hi Bill, your first step is focusing on results, what are your targets? What is your team's targets individually?
Discipline and indiscipline are just a process, you are advised not to focus on this matter, because later you will find out that to accomplish the results, it needs strong commitments and discipline.
I totally agree with Toy that you need to utilize their strenghts (not shrink their weakness) because a good sprinter cannot be a good marathon man as well. So they need different approaches and have different training needs. Anyway, do your best and get the results...

Employee Discipline
John Spenceley, ICT Consultant, United Kingdom
Bill, 10% of company information is in databases, 20% in unstructured documents 70% in people's minds, hiring & firing is very expensive, in time and deliverable - useful as an excuse though. So I am afraid you should invest in people.
A manager should be a servant to the subordinates helping them to deliver the best they can, to meet your targets. As they say in the theatre there is no such thing as a bad audience.


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