“I worked 2 hours extra this week – I want my compensation!”
Said one of my team members .
He was asking for compensation for the extra 2 hours put .
My first reaction, I DECLINED it straight!
On one hand I had to balance pressures of management & cash flows and on other hand tackle growing market challenges to secure revenues in recessionary conditions.
We were facing IMMENSE revenue pressures. I was extremely upset!
But then I realized…
1) I realized why passion is so important as a trait while hiring people.
2) Not everyone has ownership and gets motivated by challenges, a big percentage of employees in corporate world come to office to clock 9-5 and take their salaries.
No wonder why there are few leadership positions in companies!
I came next day to office and asked HR to give him a full day compensation for the extra two hours put.
As a leader, one of the biggest challenges is to understand and accept that every team member is not a star player and ace performer.
But that’s OK!
If a team has all Ronaldos, Messis, Tendulkars or Afridis, then there will be no star players! Average team members are the biggest reason for performers to shine.