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In the Assistant Principal Exceleration program (APEx) we’ve been working on coaching.
One of the first things we need to figure out is who we should be coaching.
Ideally, we should be coaching everyone, but nobody has that kind of time.
If we can coach just one person, who should it be?
The natural inclination is to look for where the most pain is – with our lowest performing people.
However, looking for the biggest gain yields better results.
Helping someone who is bad be a bit less bad takes more work and yields less growth than helping someone who is struggling but has high potential.
People who are bad at their jobs need to be managed, but if you have limited time to coach consider investing in those who will make the biggest growth. Imagine the impact of helping someone competent become great.
Gain over pain.