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Speedlinking, Jan 2010

Speedlinking on management styles and 2010 predictions: New research from The Work Foundation suggests that outstanding performance comes from people-centric leadership rather than target-driven, micro-management.  The authors observe that “outstanding leaders are focused on performance but they see people as the means of achieving great performance and themselves as enablers. They don’t seek out the limelight for…

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2010 New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions as the once-per-year goal settings usually come with unrealistic targets.  Without reasonable goals, resolutions take a back seat to day-to-day realities.  In fact, a recent Marist poll shows that, while nearly 50% of Americans are likely to make resolutions, 35% of them don’t keep them…

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MBWA Origins and Spinoffs

After last week’s post, Scrum By Walking Around, a reader emailed to ask if I knew the the origins of the phrase management by walking around (MBWA). Rather than replying immediately based on what I believed, I spent a fair amount of time doing Web research but the results were inconclusive. Most sources credit the Hewlett-Packard culture for…

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Performance Management Defined (and Debated)

Throwing down the blogging gauntlet, Michael asks a simple – but provocative – question: How would […] you define Performance Management and what does it mean when it is successfully implemented? My initial reaction was to borrow a phrase from Justice Potter Stewart: I’m not sure I can define performance management, but I know it when I…

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What’s Missing from your Balanced Scorecard?

Mark Graham Brown has published a short, but insightful, piece about eight categories of metrics that are often poorly designed called ‘What’s Missing from Your Scorecard?’.  I won’t incude the full article here since it’s available for purchase on Harvard Business Online, but Mark suggests that the eight areas that should be better represented on a balanced scorecard…

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Speedlinking, May 2009

One part writer’s block and two parts schedule overload means I don’t have time to write an original post.  Speedlinking to the rescue: Over at ‘I Help You Blog’, Philip suggests 101 Great Posting Ideas That Will Make Your Blog Sizzle.  My personal favorite is #101:  Create a post with a 101 ideas. In a relatively…

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