Archive | April, 2013

Big Data meets H.R.

24 Apr


There is a lot coming out about “big data.” These are situations where statistics are used to data-mine huge databases, often collected online.  Last Sunday’s New York Times has an interesting article on this topic.  Two of the intriguing findings as a pump primer: 1.Bosses really  do matter and 2. The first example I have ever seen of an honesty test that cannot be falsified.  Check it out.

 

 

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Mentors and Sponsors

17 Apr

By now most of you have become familiar with Sheryl Sandberg’s comments about the need for to women to “Lean In” to become corporate executives.  The video on TED is well worth the 16 minute investment.  The reviews of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead at Amazon are fascinating (please don’t’ bother to read all 200+).

 

Her comments and book have raised an interesting issue:  the difference between mentors and sponsors.  The New York Times recently had an interesting article on this topic.  It’s a good read – food for thought.

 

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10,000 Hours

10 Apr

 

Some time ago I wrote a blog entitled The 10,000 Hour Rule

with a link to Malcolm Gladwell’s  book Outliers.

Recently a colleague sent me a brief article in a blog that speaks eloquently to the 10,000 hours needed to attain proficiency/competence in an endeavor.  Remember there are 2,080 hours in a work year – so get busy!

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How To Demotivate People in the Workplace

3 Apr

Earlier today a group of colleagues were visiting about why people quit jobs.  There were quite a large number if ideas and most of them sounded reasonable.  As you know the answer is heavily dependent on how you frame the question.  My favorite question to a room full of experienced people is “Have you ever worked for the manager from hell?”  In most group about 40 – 60% of people raise their hands.  With entrepreneurs the number is closer to 90%.

For some surefire ideas about how to become the manager from Hades, here are 8 ideas for how to demotivate your people.  If you see yourself in any of these it’s time for a bit of quiet reflection about your life.

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