Tag Archives: Performance Management

OD and Business Strategy lessons to be learned from the Roman Army

A very interesting article (http://business.financialpost.com/2014/04/14/10-things-that-propelled-ancient-rome-to-greatness-that-can-help-your-business/) by Brad Cherniak of Capital Insight was recently posted in the National Post.  This article examined 10 principles that the Roman Army apparently made use of and their current relevance today. The focus of the … Continue reading

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Performance Management: It’s never about competencies or results!

A recent discussion through Linkedin (http://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?view=&srchtype=discussedNews&gid=98001&item=5849876921290104834&type=member&trk=eml-anet_dig-b_pd-ttl-cn&fromEmail=&ut=2V1CXspNJFOm81) puts the question on which to focus on: Competencies or Results. Actually the question posted asks: which form of balance between the two is best and what has worked for people? My take on … Continue reading

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Performance Management: Incenting Performance both up and down

A recent article (Rail’s risky business) by Mary-Jane Bennett got me thinking about how we typically approach performance management (PM). The article discusses how railways are exposed to the risks of carrying dangerous materials on their systems. For this post … Continue reading

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Getting Average Work Performance: a Performance Management Platinum Rule?

I think it might have been Peter Drucker who said: The purpose of management is to get great results out of ordinary people. The mantra, in OD, compensation experts, HR, etc. is to elevate this thought into a sacred mission. … Continue reading

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Performance Management: It’s a lot about constraints

In an article (Overcoming those knock-outs – Canada.com) I read an interesting observation that pertains to how we should think about performance management: “…wouldn’t it be ironic if constraints were essential ingredients of business success.” If I had any argument … Continue reading

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Performance Management and Innovation Value

This post is a bit of thinking piece where I explore the implications on how organizations mirror/reflect their value for innovation in their performance management system. My inspiration is from Nassim Taleb’s answer to the question: “How do you innovate?” … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t anybody copy Apple: Where do we focus? Gather marbles, or play the game?

This post is inspired by Horace Deidiu in his recent blog post (Why doesn’t anybody copy Apple?). His provocative question is: “Why is it that everyone wants to copy Apple’s products but nobody wants to copy being Apple?” He notes … Continue reading

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