The Federal Coach – Deadwood, the sequel: More on the problem of poor performance

My “deadwood” column on Monday about removing poor performers from their government jobs received lots of feedback and comments, with readers offering their own advice — and frustrations — on the topic.

Some readers wrote that government leaders do not deal with poor performers in part because the system is too hard to navigate. I agree the process is not easy, but leaders committed to the process and determined to take action can succeed. In addition, agencies must do a better job of selecting and preparing leaders for this difficult role and providing real-time resources to support them.

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