The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness) These six factors can erode the grandest of plans and the noblest of intentions. They can turn visionaries into paper-pushers and wide-eyed dreamers into shivering, weeping balls of regret.
Some people are delighted when they don’t have to have a performance review. They feel that they have dodged a potentially painful situation. I disagree as I wanted to improve and work on things that needed fixing.
Great bosses may look like they do magic, but it's learned and practiced behavior. It's what they do that makes them a great boss. They learned how to do it and you can learn it, too. That's how you become a great boss.
From time to time, I have a little rant. I’m not sure what triggered this one. Well, yes I do. It was a short blog post by Patrick Allmond entitled, “Do I Really have to learn how to play golf in business?” It made me think.
I often come across organisations and individuals which have 'decided' that one or other TQM or continuous improvement model will be thair salvation - it rarely is! (Richard Andrews)
Six Sigma, Kaizen, Lean, and other variations on continuous improvement can be hazardous to your organization's health. While it may be heresy to say this, recent evidence from Japan and elsewhere suggests that it's time to question these methods.
‘A High Performance organisation is an organisation that achieves financial and non-financial results that are exceedingly better than those of its peer group over a period of time of five years or more, by focusing in a disciplined way on that what really matters to the organisation’.
Often, managers who are good at Relating (asking, listening, coaching, including, and encouraging) shy away from Requiring activities (insisting on excellence, confronting poor or marginal performers, or just telling an employee what is expected or needed).
If asking for what you want or talking with employees about a performance shortcoming conjures images of a root canal, the following five mindsets will make asserting and insisting easier.