Archive | June, 2013

Parenting and Managing: A Useful Comparison

26 Jun

Occasionally in a management development meeting someone will ask “What’s the difference between managing and parenting.  Pausing for dramatic effect I will answer children are shorter.  For an overall treatment of this issue go to How Parenting and Managing Inform One Another in the Corridor Business Journal.

 

For those of you who would like some more specific advice, the WSJ had an excellent in-depth article about what works and doesn’t work in parenting of children in an article entitled Smarter Ways To Discipline Children.  Of course if you have not socialized your children by the time they reach the teen years, good luck.

 

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Stress and Work: Some Good Reads

19 Jun

 

As you probably know there are a series of blogs on stress beginning with an explanation of the Yerkes-Dodson Law.  These blogs will give you a good understanding of the nature of stress, which for many Americans is our drug of choice.  The link on the second stress blog is to an article on how to use stress to improve your performance, a good read.

 

 A recent article in the WSJ entitled Five Ways To Lower Your Stress is also a good read.

 

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The Problems & Prospects of Favoritism

12 Jun

 Or “it’s all about how your do it!”  A recent article in the WSJ about favoritism brought to mind the observation that some people can get most things right whereas others can get almost nothing right.  It’s not what they do it’s how they do it.”  The article explore this issue with some sensitivity. However, there is an important omission: Internal competition if a value de-motivator.  When you set people to compete with each other in organizations, especially if the organizations are opaque, the easiest way to win is to  make the other person lose.  The easiest way to make the other person lose is to not share critical information.  Food for thought.

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Big Data: Buildinging Better Workplaces

5 Jun

 

 

 

 

There is a lot coming out about “big data.” These are situations where statistics are used to data mine huge databases.  Recently the New York Times had an interesting article on this topic.  Three of the intriguing findings as a pump primer: 1. Bosses really do matter, 2. Traditional measures do not predict workplace success and 3.The first example I have ever seen of an honesty test that cannot be falsified.  Check it out.

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