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Get Rid Of Performance Reviews

10 Jul

 

Why is it that HR managers often have to nag managers into doing their performance reviews?  Could it be that the annual performance review has some flaws that managers know – but attorneys don’t?  For a provocative article on the problems of making annual reviews work, consider a recent article in the WSJ entitled Get Rid of Performance Reviews.

 Or better yet go to What Did You Say – Feedback?

If you must do annual reviews, consider these four questions:

  • What have you accomplished this last year, make your best case?
  • What haven’t you accomplished? Why?
  • What do you hope to accomplish this upcoming year?
  • How can I help you?

 

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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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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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Want productivity: Get People in the Game

22 May

 

Participation = Involvement = Empowerment = Engagement

 

Recently Gallup, the master pollsters, released a two-page study of 1.5 million employees asking: How has the economic downturn affected the use of engagement in the workplace?  The striking results are shown in a simple graph.  It works.

To develop engaged employees, understand and use the four types of organizational decision making:

  • Authoritarian
  • Authoritative
  • Consultative
  • Consensual

For a more in-depth discussion of how, go to: Want productivity? Get people involved.

Image: http://www.peopleinsight.co.uk/

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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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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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