Don’t force growth on people

It’s okay for people to be happy where they are if they’re doing solid work. Maybe they’re growing outside of work. Whatever.

If they want to spend their 1-1s talking about gardening and pasta-making instead of professional development, get curious about gardening and pasta-making.

You’re not a failure as a manager if a high performer on your team isn’t pursuing your definition of growth. They have their own definition, and you’re only a failure if you don’t support that. Let them be.


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