Follow Yoda Toward The Light Using a Performance Improvement Plan

Unless you are from a different galaxy, you have heard the hype about the new Star Wars movie The Force Awakens. We are getting pretty excited here at Lessonly.

In Star Wars, Yoda is the wise mentor who helps apprentices improve to build the skills they need to become Jedi Knights. Improvement plans are critical to helping develop your employees. When trying to improve, attitude is key. Yoda was always trying to get his apprentices to think about their attitude.

Here are some quotes from the Master Yoda on the attitude your employees should use to improve to be the best Jedi Knights that they can be:

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”

Fear leads to suffering. Do not let your improvement plan make employees fear, resulting in suffering. Help them to see that improvement plans are something to look forward to because they provide an opportunity to grow. Get them to not fear the plan but use it to grow. Explain the performance improvement plan is to help not hinder.

“Always pass on what you have learned.”

Great improvement plans provide mentorship. Employees should reach out to mentors in the company to hear their knowledge and resources. Get your employees to have a desire to learn from others in the company. Show them having a mentor will grow them.

“If you end your training now, you will become an agent of evil.”

Do not let them give up! Help employees see the importance of improvement. Keep them on task to not give up but keep going. Giving up is evil.

“Patience you must have, my young padawan.”

Remind them that it takes hard work to improve. Employees need to learn that not all improvements will happen overnight. It takes patience, focus and hard work to achieve goals. Growing is a continual process that all employees should do during their work experience.

“The dark side clouds everything. Impossible to see the light, the future is.”

Do not let employees get discouraged. Show them that if they improve here is what their future will be like. Make sure the employee is not stuck focusing on mistakes of the past but is looking to grow in the future. Their problems are in the past, but a bright future can wait ahead of them.

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

Make it clear you want to see improvement. Employees need to know what will happen if they do not improve. Do not let them say that they are trying. Set your expectations for the employee and make it clear what you are looking for. Set the standards high and get the employees to push themselves.

Join the Lessonly force and get your employees having the right attitude to improve. After having the right improvement attitude, they will become the Master Jedi’s you want them to…they will. May the force be with you — take a tour today.

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