Today I had a conversation with my direct report which has left me scratching my head a little and a bit confused by this person mindset...
To give you a bit of background, I have 3 direct reports, which consists of 1 deputy manager and 2 team leaders, I then also have a team of 35 co workers. Last month, I set each of my directs 3 goals I would like them to achieve this finanical year. In this meeting everyone seemed happy and went away immediately working on their goals. (this is normal procedure in the company I work for)
One important point to make is I really wanted my directs to then set goals for the rest of the team to help them 1. Achieve their goals 2. Help each co worker develop and learn whilst hitting the goal which in turn I would hope engagement and job satisfaction would increase.
All has seemed well, as most co workers are now achieving goals well above what I expected but they seem happier in their work. The biggest surpise I had was when one of my team leaders now thinks another team leader is selfish and is too focused on their own goals and doesnt see the bigger picture and help out. From my point of view, it looked like the 2 team leaders have a really strong relationship and I didnt see any problems.
The explanation I was given was "team leader a's goals are all they focus on and spend 80% of their time doing and I dont have time to complete my own goals"
I am having a tough time trying to see it from their point of view but I dont... am I missing something? This seems a little bit like the other person is feeling a bit hard done by that the other is achieving their goals.
Has anyone else experienced something like this or could anyone give me any advice on how to deal with this?
I hope this has made sense!