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Stretch Goals, Pay for Performance Boondoggles: Why Goal Setting Doesn't Work

Stretch Goals, Pay for Performance Boondoggles:  Why Goal Setting Doesn't Work | Talent and Performance Development | Scoop.it

"Goal setting doesn't work."  There are times it can be helpful, but as a performance tool, reconsider.


Goal behavior:

  • 34% of Americans are overweight and a further 34% are obese.... Despite the proliferation of weight loss programs that usually focus on weight-loss goals. ...the problem may be inherent in the validity of goal setting.

  • Recent neuroscience research shows the brain works in a protective way, resistant to change. Therefore, any goals that require substantial behavioral change or thinking-pattern change will automatically be resisted. ...When fear of failure creeps into the mind of the goal setter it commences a de-motivator with a desire to return to known, comfortable behavior and thought patterns."
     
  • Aubrey Daniels, author of, Oops! 13 Management Practices That Waste Time and Money, ...cites a study that shows when individuals repeatedly fail to reach stretch goals their performance declines. Another study showed 10% of employees actually achieved stretch goals. 
     

The authors of Goals Gone Wild, [identify] negative side effects associated with goal setting: "An overly narrow focus that neglects non-goal areas; a rise in unethical behavior; distorted risk preferences; corrosion of organizational culture; and reduced intrinsic motivation."


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Well, if "distorted risk preferences; corrosion of organizational culture; and reduced intrinsic motivation" isn't enough to question goal-setting practices of yore, then perhaps the status quo is a bit too comfortable to challege this performance myth.  


~  Deb

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Brain Science: A Multitasking Video Game Makes Old Brains Act Younger

Brain Science:  A Multitasking Video Game Makes Old Brains Act Younger | Talent and Performance Development | Scoop.it

by Matt Richtel


"Brain scientists have discovered that swerving around cars while simultaneously picking out road signs in a video game can improve the short-term memory and long-term focus of older adults. Some people as old as 80, the researchers say, begin to show neurological patterns of people in their 20s.

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Some people as old as 80...begin to show neurological patterns of people in their 20s.

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"Cognitive scientists say the findings, to be published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature, are a significant development in understanding how to strengthen older brains. That is because the improvements in brain performance did not come just within the game but were shown outside the game in other cognitive tasks.


"Further supporting the findings, the researchers were able to measure and show changes in brain wave activity, suggesting that this research could help understand what neurological mechanisms should and could be tinkered with to improve memory and attention."


Via Jim Lerman
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Useful and surprising findings on a good place for multi-tasking.  ~ Deb

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AnnC's curator insight, September 7, 2013 1:31 PM

Playing some videogames may help keep our brains young.