Covid uncovered a number of management problems which supervisors were unaware of. Pre-Covid, many managers judged the performance of people on their team by how busy they looked in the office. It was “management by activity.” During Covid, many managers freaked out – “How do I know my people are working?” Most of them just got used to not knowing and were happy that … [Read more...] about Set Outcomes, Reward Performance
Despite the real problems and challenges of our current day - which must be addressed - it can be helpful to take a long view of human progress. When we do this, as Steven Pinker does in his book, Enlightenment Now, we can see that amazing progress has been made in the world. In a broad set of categories including life expectancy, health, peace, knowledge, happiness, … [Read more...] about Hail Knowledge and Reason!
“Good is the enemy of great” Jim Collins famously wrote in his superb book, Good to Great. Collins points out that it is so easy to settle for “good,” that many people and organizations never become “great.” Collins makes an excellent point, but the relationship between “good” and “great” is actually more complex. Consider the personalities of the Perfectionist and the … [Read more...] about Good and Great
“Welcome to the Land of Magical Thinking.” That’s my favorite quote from a recent article from Harvard Business Review about To Do lists. And I am definitely guilty of this! An out of control To Do list can create a lot of problems – including missed deadlines, doing low quality work, and tiring ourselves out from overwork. If you want to tame your To Do list, here … [Read more...] about Taming Your To Do List
James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits, is a best seller and was recently #1 on the Wall Street Journal list of best business books. I highly recommend it! The book title is a little play on words which means that a lot of very small daily habits can compound to make an explosive difference in our lives. Here are a few of the helpful takeaways from the book. *Create an … [Read more...] about Atomic Habits