Archive for the ‘Performance Management’ Category

Strategic Myopia

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Dig into the development plan of many senior leaders and you are likely to see one need area rise above the rest- strategy. The common lament is that the executive “is not a strategic thinker” or “does not grasp strategy” or ” does not have a clear strategic vision.” I assert that this is less an issue of capability and more one of focal length. Said another way, they are simply not looking far enough into the distance. (more…)

The myth of time management

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Because we live in a hyper busy world, chock full of important and not-so-important distractions, we are constantly looking for a way to keep our heads above the tsunami of stuff. Because so much of this busyness is driven by our work lives, I have given the phenomenon a name- “organizational A.D.D.” Unfortunately, this form of A.D.D. is not treatable with meds and so we go in search of some other “holy grail” to make it better. Hence the never ending quest for “time management.” (more…)

Develop…to results

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

I wish I had a buck for every “new and revolutionary” employee development system that I’ve seen in my career. Most of the pitches involve the use of technology, wrapped around some iteration of competency language. Most of these systems are interesting, and a few are even pretty good. But if you are not attending to a basic building block, they’re likely just a waste of money. (more…)

Bailout bonus beat-down

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The furor over the A.I.G. (and soon bailed-out bank) bonuses have dominated the headlines over the last few days. What’s more, Washington’s favorite activity- “the blame game” is in full swing. It might be entertaining, if it wasn’t so infuriating, and avoidable. (more…)