Archive | September, 2010

Quick Guide to Performance Management

After many years as a performance management enthusiast, I sometimes forget how much confusion there still is around the topic. Since I’m a big believer that standardized language helps reduce confusion, I’ve decided to summarize some of my deeply held beliefs on performance management: An objective describes what you want to accomplish. For example, ‘win…

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Does Language Influence Culture?

We all use language to express our thoughts. But new research suggests that inherent structures in languages shape our thoughts without us realizing it. In fact, differences in languages seem to impact how people act and interpret their surroundings. Lera Boroditsky, professor of psychology at Stanford University and editor in chief of Frontiers in Cultural…

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Do bosses have the illusion of control?

Stanford University management professor Bob Sutton has written extensively about the impact of bad bosses in the workplace.  I blogged about his book “The No Asshole Rule” and have been using his litmus test ‘Do people feel more or less energized after they talk to you?’ as guidance since I first heard him describe it. …

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