David Spinks really struck a chord with the startup community
It’s bad management. Poor communication.
Telling them to just get shit done is like telling a fat person to “just lose weight”. It’s like telling a wide receiver to “just catch the ball”. It’s like telling a kid to “just get better grades”.
It shows a disregard for the actual context of the situation.
Step 1 is realizing that just saying, “get it done” doesn’t actually help.
If you have someone working with you or for you, that you know is talented but just hasn’t been as productive as they were in the past, they’re probably wondering the same thing… “Why am I underperforming?” It’s not like they want to be a poor performer.
Step 2 is realizing, they probably don’t know why either, so simply asking, “What’s wrong?” isn’t going to be enough. It is your job to delve deeper.
I do disagree with this though
You might be thinking, “I don’t have time to help people change their lifestyle just so they can perform better. I just need to find people who are already performing at that level.”
That’s fine and that’s your call.
If it’s not worth your time, then fire them.
If that isn’t part of your job description—if you only manage people who don’t need managing—then what exactly do you do?