Product Leader: "I'm curious if you have advice on when it's the right time to part ways with an employee that isn't cutting it?"

Besides how long is a piece of string...
Here some questions to ask yourself first:

- Have I been giving regular feedback? Are they aware?
- Have I invested time to understand them and their perspective?
- Do I have a plan on how will or have coached & supported them?
- Have I invested adequate time/resources to help them be successful?

- Am I beginning to get diminishing value from continuing to support them?
- Are they consuming my time that the rest of the team, the product and the organisation are being impacted?
- Am I beginning to let others down trying to support them?
- Is this impacting others?

What can you do?

🙅 Don't wait, take action
Sooner the better. Even if things don't work out.

🚫 Don’t avoid the difficult conversations
Talk about it throughout. This will stop that final conversation being a surprise.

✅ Take responsibility

This is not a failure on them. You as their leader have failed to get the most out of them. Either you have not be able to provide the right environment, hired the wrong person for the job or misjudged their skills and capabilities...

❤️ Know when to let go.

Remember they are not your only responsibility. You have a responsibility to the rest of your team, your customers and the organisation. If it’s not working you need to know when you let go before it impacts others.

Being a people manager is hard. All of this is easier said than done.

I've love to hear any additional lessons or advice people have here!


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A thread on why SAM is important for B2B PMs..but first the diff between:

1) Total Addressable Market
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B2C is a heavy offensive field. High focus on expanding MS though direct growth.

However in B2B grow is often via sales, marketing, etc. expanding SAM is a way to support their efforts.
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