I just listened to the 3 podcasts regarding late stage coaching yesterday. It's perfect timing, as I have an employee that has been spiraling downward and, quite frankly, I was about to cut him loose. In fact, I had been thinking about writing him up the 2 days previous, but hadn't done it yet. After hearing these shows, I decided that it was worth the time to try and help him instead. So, I'm going to give it a shot. You guys may have very well saved this guy's job.
The hardest part I think will be convincing my asst mgr, who I had told that I was planning to write up said individual and pretty much get rid of him. Now I think it looks to my asst like I've turned soft. But I do think that I have failed this guy and owe him another chance.