Week 5 – Typical vs. Maximal Performance

If I was going to make a choice whether to hire Avery or Jaime, I would have to choose Avery. If Avery performs at a much higher level when she is at her best, then we need to find a way to get her at her best more consistently. We know that she has the capability, so the title of “slacker” seems unfair to me, it sounds like her efforts aren’t being utilized efficiently, and that her role or how she performs her tasks must be heavily revised.

Putting Avery in a creative role where failure, or lackluster effort, could be more acceptable is perfect for her working style. I’d like to choose some sort of marketing or advertising role for her, something where it’s okay to have millions of bad ideas but also allows her to freely use her brain capacity as much as she’d like to eventually come up with the best product. In a role like this, consistency could be seen as boring, or a theme or trend would be overplayed and strung out. You’d like to find what’s new, what’s “in” at the moment, and someone like Jaime may struggle in this role trying to look for past successes to fuel ideas for the company at this current moment. Consistency is great, but when you’re in a creative role, you need highs and lows.

Jaime needs a consistent role for his consistent performance. I immediately see him inputting data, or spending a lot of time in a cubicle. If he can repeatedly do his tasks without using much creativity, I have confidence that he will do solid work. Something that makes him more valuable for this role is his ability to maintain a solid work level throughout his work week. If you were to have someone with below-average performance in this role most of the time, you could find that the data entry either takes far too long, or numbers are input correctly which leads to an even longer list of issues.

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One response to “Week 5 – Typical vs. Maximal Performance”

  1. Stefanie Thelin Avatar
    Stefanie Thelin

    I really appreciate the insights you’ve shared on the matter at hand. Based on what you’ve said, it seems that Avery excels when the situation requires a higher level of performance, but struggles to maintain the same level of productivity during periods of slower activity. This could be indicative of a few underlying issues, such as the possibility of Avery being in a job position that doesn’t align with their skills and strengths, inadequate training and development, or a failure to leverage Avery’s talents and efforts effectively. Each of these factors could be contributing to the performance gap that you’ve identified, and it may be worth exploring each more thoroughly to determine the root cause and identify potential solutions.

    When contemplating job positions that would be a good fit for Avery’s skill set, it is worth noting that while marketing and advertising may not be the first career paths that come to mind, they should not be ruled out. Avery’s natural creativity may lend well to these fields, even if they require a level of consistency. However, it is important to remember that Avery may need to find ways to balance their need for creative expression with the requirements of a potentially more structured work environment.

    When it comes to Jaime, they possess a strong sense of reliability and consistency. For this reason, they would excel in a role that requires attention to detail, such as data entry or administrative assistant. Jaime’s abilities lend themselves well to jobs where accuracy and precision are essential, and their skills would be an asset to any team.

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