- They stubbornly resist change
- They are reactive rather than proactive
- They are habitually lazy and unprepared
- They make promises, but they don't deliver results
- They shirk responsibility and pass on blame
- They identify problems without finding solutions.
In business, sometimes a leader is forced to drop the axe. It seems harsh, but in reality, tolerating mediocrity poses greater danger to an organization than the unpleasantness of having to fire an employee.