The heated debate over how to assess employee performance was highlighted recently by two back to back articles on BusinessWeek.com. One day, Yahoo’s adoption of a forced ranking system was a headline.
While "rank and yank" systems are appropriate derided, there is something to say for differentiating between slugs and superstars.
She was a disruptive employee--going around my back and angling to move up the ranks. Even so--here's how not to handle the situation.Some lessons in business cause you personal pain. Others cause pain only to those around you.
The lesson here-- cover all the bases before firing, not just a few.
Systems Thinking: Measures by Andy Lipok. In discussing the concept of purpose we briefly explored how the wrong purpose can be reinforced by measures and targets that create further distance between meeting the true purpose for the ...
I have frequently been the victim of bad metrics. Robert K. Merton gave us the concept of "goal displacement" do describe when following rules and procedures becomes more important that the reason for which the organization was created in the first place.
Do nice managers finish last? Management Today As it is probably harder to coach arrogant and incompetent managers to improve their leadership skills, we may instead consider training generous, trustworthy and altruistic employees - that is, those...
Can't we all not get along? We all know that healthy conflicts are an essential part of any well-oiled management team's routine. But initiating conflict is never easy. No one wants to be the person who raises contentious points.
Conflict, like stress, can be either healthy or disruptive. I vote for conflict with civility and stress that is challenging not disabling.
An extraordinarily dimwitted New York business owner will have to shell out at least $250,000 for hurling the n-word at his employee during a reported “four-minute rant.” The owner, himself black, apparently thought this would be OK.
Every workplace is filled with these little gems and they make us laugh, cry, create the urge to smash our phones into pieces or chuck our PC's at their heads. The truth is, these toxic types of leaders are everywhere and the ...
I'm not sure I appreciate the "George" example, but here's the article just the same.
I get a ton of email from people who complain about their bosses. And I have several readers who never feel supported enough. Some of you think your boss is incompetent. Still others complain that your boss isn’t your friend.