Unemployment is a societal problem; under-employment is an organizational problem. I am referring to employees who are prevented from excelling because of restrictive jobs, bureaucratic policies, and controls on freedom to act. Too often bright and eager people are brought into organizations and encumbered by a system that governs behavior instead of accelerating performance. Even within top teams, I see executives whose real value is not tapped, and others who are allowed to coast. Stop thinking in terms of managing people and performance, and think instead of how to better lead people. What are you doing to get the most out of each person’s strengths and knowledge on a daily basis? What approaches are you using to increase those strengths and knowledge going forward?