Tag Archives: Managing others

  • Does performance management matter?

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    It’s always been clear that performance management systems cost organisations much time, money and angst. And we all know if you find out at a performance review that you’re not performing then your boss isn’t doing their job properly either. Dan Pink’s  Drive and Dan Ariely’s Upside of Irrationality have given us reasons to doubt performance bonuses. […]

  • Being the best isn’t all there is

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    Margaret Heffernan’s TED talk below outlines how promoting only the best doesn’t always lead to the best outcomes. Learn the power of synchronised coffee breaks, a culture of helpfulness and why super chickens are not the answer.  

  • The Last Thing We Need Right Now is a Vision Statement

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    The last thing we need right now is a vision statement. This quote from Lou Gerstner about his first years at IBM hit me between the eyes. However, what was also clear was that IBM was paralyzed, unable to act on any predictions, and there were no easy solutions to its problems. The IBM organization, […]

  • How’s your strategy?

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    Six Strategy Traps outlines the do-it-all strategy the Don Quixote Strategy the Waterloo Strategy the something-for-everyone strategy the dreams-that-never-come-true strategy the program-of-the-month strategy. Which one are you in danger of setting up right now? Fix it!

  • Tactics of influence

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    You can always trust Shane Parrish at Farnam Street Blog to summarise the important stuff well. Here are the 9 Primary Tactics Used to Influence Others.

  • Now or Not Yet

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    Believing we can’t get better is just not going to cut it in today’s organisations, is it? If you think that you’ve finished learning, think again. Carol Dweck: The Two Mindsets looks at a fixed intelligence vs a growth mindset. I love the idea of attaining a “not yet” grade, rather than a failure.

  • Yes And

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    Improvising from the perspective of Second City as reviewed by 800-CEO-READ. An interesting idea about diversity in teams and team-building vs ensemble building. Click here to read

  • Your job has changed

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    Your job has changed: If you’re in management you’ll need to be able to work with the results of data and insights from it. Read Artificial intelligence meets the C-suite.