Comments for Manage By Walking Around http://jonathanbecher.com Aligning Execution With Strategy Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:58:29 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Comment on Taking Tests by Jonathan Becher http://jonathanbecher.com/2006/09/27/taking-tests/#comment-11237 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:58:29 +0000 http://alignment.wordpress.com/2006/09/27/taking-tests/#comment-11237 To me, this is the essence of true performance management. It does not track activities but rather outcomes — “relative success” in your words. Formally, I recommend three things: actual (measured value at a specific moment in time), target (desired value at the same moment in time), and a grading system (apriori method of judging the difference between the actual and target). In particular, grading systems are not well defined in most situations. More information here: http://jonathanbecher.com/2010/09/27/quick-guide-to-performance-management/

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Comment on Taking Tests by timoelliott http://jonathanbecher.com/2006/09/27/taking-tests/#comment-11236 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:32:23 +0000 http://alignment.wordpress.com/2006/09/27/taking-tests/#comment-11236 Isn’t the conclusion rather that in real life, any fixed target (and the gap size) is likely to be arbitrary and irrelevant to measuring performance? What your mentee is saying in both cases is that relative success is all she cares about….

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Comment on Fourth of July factoids, 2015 edition by John Appleby http://jonathanbecher.com/2015/07/03/fourth-of-july-factoids-2015/#comment-11225 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:17:20 +0000 http://jonathanbecher.com/?p=5269#comment-11225 Since I live in the city of brotherly love, here are a few factoids about the Liberty Bell

– It’s impossible that the bell was run on July 4, 1776
– Poor construction led to the crack that makes it so famous
– The name Liberty Bell was coined by abolitionists in the 1830s as a symbol of the end of slavery
– The Liberty Bell is featured on the new $100 bill

Happy Independence Day!

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Comment on Word Cloud for MBWA, 2015 edition by Jonathan Dunnett http://jonathanbecher.com/2015/06/28/word-cloud-for-mbwa-2015/#comment-11216 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 02:28:44 +0000 http://jonathanbecher.com/?p=5257#comment-11216 I was going to say antifragile as well.

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Comment on Word Cloud for MBWA, 2015 edition by Annie Miu Hayward http://jonathanbecher.com/2015/06/28/word-cloud-for-mbwa-2015/#comment-11213 Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:37:46 +0000 http://jonathanbecher.com/?p=5257#comment-11213 Antifragile & Care

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Comment on Word Cloud for MBWA, 2015 edition by Robert Emmett http://jonathanbecher.com/2015/06/28/word-cloud-for-mbwa-2015/#comment-11212 Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:31:31 +0000 http://jonathanbecher.com/?p=5257#comment-11212 I like how WINE scores pretty high and whine doesn’t appear at all :-)

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Comment on Writing Better by Word Cloud for MBWA, 2015 edition - Manage By Walking Around http://jonathanbecher.com/2013/08/07/writing-better/#comment-11211 Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:24:44 +0000 http://alignment.wordpress.com/?p=2520#comment-11211 […] ‘Books’ and ‘words’ are among the largest words. This suggests I get most of my inspiration from books and that words do matter. […]

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Comment on How to Make Better Decisions by timoelliott http://jonathanbecher.com/2015/06/21/how-to-make-better-decisions/#comment-11193 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:22:53 +0000 http://jonathanbecher.com/?p=5237#comment-11193 Real life decision-making is an area where simple is not necessarily better.

In particular, a simple “pro/con” ignores any type of creativity in the solution, and so runs the very real risk of missing better options. Various thinkers and academics have proposed solutions to the problem.

For example, Edward De Bono, who coined the term “lateral thinking,” proposes an additional option, “po” to the normal yes/no choice. His book and the relevant wikipedia post give more information on this simple tool designed to avoid false black/white decisions:
http://www.amazon.com/Po-Beyond-Edward-De-Bono/dp/0140137823
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Po_(lateral_thinking)

I would also strongly recommend his work on ‘Six Thinking Hats” — designed to make implicit the reasons behind your pro and con choices, in order to better examine your own biases…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Thinking_Hats

Regards,
Timo

Business Analytics blog: http://timoelliott.com/blog

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Comment on The Silver Salt Shaker Effect by dodd1959 http://jonathanbecher.com/2015/05/10/the-silver-salt-shaker-effect/#comment-11165 Sat, 13 Jun 2015 16:25:50 +0000 http://jonathanbecher.com/?p=5161#comment-11165 Good WC story. What helped him (apart from being a force to be reckoned with) was that he was clear of the end result: salt shaker returned and no further action. A clear solution without ramifications.

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Comment on What The Heck Is Antifragile? by SAPVoice: History might not be the greatest teacher - MorningStandard.com http://jonathanbecher.com/2015/04/13/what-the-heck-is-antifragile/#comment-11162 Wed, 10 Jun 2015 23:46:47 +0000 http://jonathanbecher.com/?p=5107#comment-11162 […] I wrote a few weeks ago, Antifragile was a better book than I expected it to be. One passage that stuck in my mind long […]

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