Setting: Two business monsters are standing next to each other having a conversation. The monster on the left (Fuzzy) is a fuzzball with eyes and stubby feet. The monster on the right (Shroom) is a big, spotted mushroom with one large eye.
Fuzzy: “I have a developer who’s performing poorly, we should get him on a PIP.”
Shroom: “Hmm, maybe, but are you sure he’s the one who needs to improve?”
Fuzzy: “The other engineers are putting out twice the work he is!”
Shroom: “Ok, but that wasn’t what I asked.”
It’s our job to ensure we’re setting the people we manage up for success, that means understanding that they’re all going to have unique needs.