Don’t Neglect Weaknesses

Many people talk of focusing on improving strengths and not trying to improve your weaknesses. Peter Drucker is the person that sticks out in my mind as the most stringent supporter of this mentality. It is true that it’s easier to make a competent performer an excellent performer, as opposed to making an incompetent performer competent. But, incompetency alone is…

Timely feedback, a novel concept

Accenture is apparently ditching their archaic, yearly performance review. And instead: “employees (will) receive timely feedback from their managers on an ongoing basis following assignments. What a novel concept, who would’ve thunk it. What bothers me is the following that was quoted in an article related to the matter, in the Washington Post: These companies say their own research, as…

You need regular downtime

If you miss meetings, always feel rushed, don’t know where the time goes in the day, or experience other indications of being overwhelmed, consider scheduling some slack during your day. If you book your day 100% every day, you’re always going to be overwhelmed. Or, worse, if you treat yourself as a worker attached to a queue of never ending…

Are you managing the wrong thing?

Far too often we worry about managing a product or a service. Hence the designation Product Manager, Project Manager, or Customer Service Manager. We’re trying to manage the quality of the product or service we provide. Managing the product is splitting up and dolling out work–micromanagement–instead of letting people do that. It’s translating output to input, and only providing knowledge…

EBay should focus on innovating after PayPal spin off

Once EBay completes the spin off of PayPal, and now their Enterprise unit, they should redouble efforts on actually innovating in the online market place experience. After nearly two decades of being in the business of helping buyers and sellers come together, they should’ve figured out quite a few things that they seemingly haven’t figured out. They allow bidders (buyers)…

Being productive with negative emotions

On my way back from New Jersey this week, two individuals from some religious organization approached me. They were polite and inquisitive about my religious affiliation. It had been a while since someone approached me to discuss religion so I found it rather interesting to reflect upon what they were saying. They got to the inevitable discussion of right/wrong, good/bad,…

Life is either…

It’s a shame to go through life thinking that life is simply what happens to you. There are many pressures and influences that might make you think that life is out of your control. But it’s not. Life is either what you let happen to yourself, or what you make happen to yourself.

IBM Reveals Lack Of Confidence In Their Own Management

You can’t make this stuff up, IBM Researchers Try to Measure Employee Well-Being Using Technology. This is why it’s so important to think about what you’re doing before you start doing it. You don’t need to wait to see what will happen. You already have countless humans that are adept at detecting nuisances in their environment, they’re called employees. Perhaps,…