Category Archives: Performance

Hiding from Change

About a year ago, I worked with an organization that “did everything right.”  As we discussed the presence of numerous organizational best practices, executives as well as team members produced examples of how each element made up their day-to-day operations.  … Continue reading

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Zombies in the Workplace

Summer brings “blockbuster” movies that attempt to lure us to the theater with incredible car chases, death defying stunts, and unstoppable action.  During the last few years, monsters returned to popular culture “with a vengeance.”  Vampires ruled for a few … Continue reading

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Tired Leaders

This week I attended a series of workshops with human resource leaders and had the wonderful opportunity to learn from those that do “the incredible” every day.  Repeatedly, I heard attendees talk about how tough it is for HR leaders … Continue reading

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Changing Competence

How many times have you been asked if a candidate or employee is competent?  Every time we hire, promote, or assign projects, we have to ask others and ourselves if we think the person possesses what it takes to be … Continue reading

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Narcissistic Leaders

If you work long enough, you will eventually encounter a manager whose personality is so unbearable that you will assume that you will never find a productive way to work with the person.  Although there are a variety of “unbearable” … Continue reading

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Practice and Preparation Makes…

“Once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That’s it. And what’s more, the people at the very top don’t … Continue reading

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Making Goal Setting Work

A few comments and questions came in after last week’s post on goal setting. A reoccurring theme related to “how do I actually set up the goal setting process in my organization?” A few readers felt that goal setting would … Continue reading

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Goals and Being Mindful

Recently, I worked with an organization that has been utilizing a goal setting process to improve its overall performance.  Although the organization provided a quality product in an efficient manner, the leadership team recognized that continuous improvement could make the … Continue reading

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We Should Not Outsourcing Engagement

The popular as well as business media jumped on a recent story about a man in the US that unbeknownst to his employer outsourced his job to a company in China.  Apparently, the senior level programmer worked for a US … Continue reading

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Something in Between

Most of us played a game when we were young that involved selecting a favorite thing between two options.  In elementary school, the game involves receiving two things that are equally pleasing, such as ice cream and cake.  By middle … Continue reading

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