Tag Archives | satisfaction

To Do or To Have?

If you had $100 to spend to make yourself happy, would you buy something or spend it on a memorable experience? According to a Cornell paper entitled “To do or to have: That is the question“, the things you own don’t make you as happy as the things you do.  The authors provide three primary…

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Is There No Such Thing As Bad Publicity?

While popular wisdom is that any publicity is good publicity, academic research has largely shown that negative word of mouth hurts company brand and sales. For example, negative movie reviews decrease box office receipts to the point that Hollywood pundits believe that it is “almost impossible to recover from bad buzz.” As a specific example, Viacom…

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Software Consumption

I’m a fan of the logic model because it emphasizes outcome KPIs that monitor impact rather than output metrics that track activities.  I also like strategy maps because they are simple visualizations that force scorekeepers to recognize multiple points of view (aka perspectives). A few months ago, I combined the two ideas while working with a…

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Lawn Activities, Yard Outcomes

Performance management continuously invades my personal life, whether it’s on airplanes, during mentoring, or at Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s another example: Not long after I moved into my previous house, a friendly neighbor came over to welcome me to the block. Amid advice on local stores and restaurants, he pointed out that my front lawn wasn’t…

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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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Manage by Flying Around

Since the title of this blog is manage by walking around, kudos to Haruka Nishimatsu, the president and CEO of Japan Air. According to a CBS News article, he practices management by walking flying around: “If management is distant, up in the clouds, people just wait for orders,” Nishimatsu told CBS News through a translator….

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Measuring (Lack of) CRM Usage

One of the most common complaints about customer relationship management (CRM) systems is that the individual reps don’t use them.  This isn’t very surprising to me, as many deployments are designed to give visibility to management or to streamline the ops person’s ability to forecast, rather than to add value to the individual rep. Organizations…

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