It's not about your work, only!
Sometimes, you're faced with a difficult decision. It's the decision to make someone who is hard working and works great, go. The problem many employees seem to misunderstand is the fact that it's not enough for someone to work good. Not even great! It's also about the value a person adds and most importantly their Attitude! It doesn't matter how great someone's work is, if it wasn't backed by the right personality!
So I happen to have this employee! He's by all measures a star! An over achiever. He's smart, talented and works really well! Unfortunately, his work is plagued with his attitude. Towards his peers, towards his management, towards the company and even towards the industry! As if he blames the whole world for it!
What he doesn't realize is that he represents a management challenge as it will take too many cycles to keep him in check and on track. It's even better to have someone with less ego, mediocre skills to do 80% job than tolerate the massive headache
The other area he affects is the overall team efficiency and moral! People like that are like the cancer spreading their negative attitude and their dark perspective on the future of events. If they estimate they tend to take the absolute worst of scenarios and force others to get demoralized and feel unappreciated
It brings a lot of sadness to my heart to have to take a decision that would push such a person to move-on. Not that I don't appreciate the talent or don't need it. But at times it proves way more headache than it's really worth.
There are four types of players in a team. The Supermen, The Clark Kents, The Old bartender, and the Lex Luthors!
You want your Supermen to work, and move all obstacles from their face. Management overhead : Low
You want the Clark Kents to stop being hesitant and get help them become Supermen Management overhead: Medium
As for the old bartenders. Those have a wealth of information, yet they've been on the shelf for too long. You inherit them. They don't have the potential to become supermen. But with they're good to keep around and use their expertise. Possible help them stay away from Lex Luthors! Management overhead: Medium-high
And finally, the Lex Luthors, The Evil geniuses who are fantastic in what they do, yet they're so evil in their approach that you really don't know if they're doing you a service or not by hanging around! Management overhead, Extremely high!
So Lex Luthor, has to go!