Visual Management and Ranking the Team

A penguin is telling another penguin who is holding a clipboard and pen that they need to, "We need you to rate these letters in order of importance.". The letters in the background spell out the word "TEAM". -Original artwork by Lee Sampson.

We love to label, rate and rank.

There are sound business rationale as to why it appeals, but there is also the potential to turn a team into something else.

Some people love to see their names in lights, for others, the lights are reminders to not try.

Consider visual management like the scoreboard at a stadium, it’s the Team’s score up in the big lights, not the individuals ranked in performance.

It’s a good lesson for management, leaders and coaches to learn that what might feel like a carrot or an incentive to bring out the best in individuals can in reality feel like a stick to name and shame people into improving results.

Bringing a team together by measuring the entire team’s success as the yardstick instead of individuals helps encourage the feeling that everyone has a part to play.

My penguin cartoons illustrate leadership, learning, and development with a smile while offering a daily dose of fun and thoughtful reflection.

These insights come from twenty years of leadership experience and I enjoy this unique way to encourage us to think about how we can do leadership differently.

I use the Corel Draw Suite to draw my cartoons and you can learn more about me on my LinkedIn profile Lee Sampson.

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Lee Sampson

A husband, father of three, a champion for more art in the world and more introverts in leadership. Lee has worked in leadership positions for over 20 years, described as an authentic, thoughtful, people-centric leader.

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