One problem with measurement

As I flew to Texas over the weekend I read an article in Wired magazine about one of the problems with measurement. Of course we all know that measurement is a good thing. Why else would we say “If something doesn’t get measured it doesn’t get done?” But should we measure everything? Does something have …

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Time, Talent or Incentive? What Makes For the Best Employee?

We have all heard by now the 10,000 hour rule that was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers. Here in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia there is a plumbing company that even uses the concept in their commercials. They brag that all their plumbers have 10,000 hours of practice and thus they are the most …

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AMPing Up Your Employees: Motivation According to Pink

With his book Drive! Daniel Pink has added another chapter in the discussion of motivation. Much has been written on motivation from Maslow, Herzberg and Skinner to Drucker. (I wrote on Drucker and Pink here.) Pink’s has added a discussion on work in the 21st Century. He talks about it in terms of AMPing your …

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Knowlegdge Worker Productivity and Engagement: Drucker and Pink

In his book, Management Challenges for the 21st Century, management guru Peter Drucker talked about what it takes for knowledge workers to be productive. He said there were six major factors. These included: Asking the question “what is the task?” Knowledge workers must manage themselves and take responsibility for their productivity. Continuing innovation has to be …

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Engagement and Leadership: Follow Up to HR Happy Hour

The discussion on the HR Happy Hour hosted by Steve Boese focused on employee engagement and leadership. Broadcasting from the HR Florida conference, the show featured Cathy Martin and China Gorman. The discussion focused on the question of how to get employees engaged in their jobs and in the strategic direction of the company. One answer was …

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