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Meet My Employee "Yeah Butt"

Tue,Oct 21,2014 @ 07:36 AM

Optimized-excuses_or_resultsEvery manager at one point in their life had an employee named Yeah Butt. You know, the type of employee when receiving feedback agrees but then the next sentence starts with yeah butt. What do you do when you have an employee or even a group of employees who simply are resistant to training, coaching, or even simple feedback? In a recent study we produced a white paper with Training Magazine that revealed managers said the number one thing they felt that their employees if improved would increase their performance was attitude. What is an attitude? And attitude is a series of decisions and skill sets that people can leverage when facing difficult or challenging times. Often, instead of using the skill sets people simply come up with reasons why not to try for why something might be too difficult to doGroups. This person is called Yeah Butt. Employees have a significant investment in themselves and without it no manager or training department can truly drive performance to the optimal level without it. It is critical employees understand any training or coaching by their organization is a privilege and not merely something they have to attend. Think about it, an employee who is truly invested in themselves along with an engaged manager who is skilled in coaching while reinforcing the training department’s incredible services. Now that  would be powerful and we could get rid of Yeah Butt.


Please Share Your Story ... Have You Ever Managed or Known a Cousin of "Yeah Butt"?


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Tim Hagen

Written by Tim Hagen

Tim Hagen founded Progress Coaching, a Training Reinforcement Partner Company, in 1997. His entrepreneurial career began in college leading to positions in sales, sales management, and sales training for small and large corporations, and eventually ownership of several training companies. He possesses a unique combination of hands-on experience, academics, and innovative insight to solve the industry’s most common challenges. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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