Taking Someone OFF of a Performance Improvement Plan

Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs) are powerful leadership tools. Just not indefinitely so. Having an employee on a PIP can be a bit of a high-wire act for a manager, and employee, both. So how do you know when it’s time to, not meaning to mix metaphors, fish or cut bait? Scenario: Mark is a nice …

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Power and Engagement

Be honest: Which term better defines your leadership style: flashlight or blowtorch? In other words, do you typically use your leadership authority to create ‘light’ – that is, greater employee clarity and perspective, eagerness and attentiveness – so those around you can better ‘see’ what they need to accomplish? Or do you turn up the …

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Winning When Losing

“No one was trying to grab any credit or deflect any blame.” So said Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs after his team lost 4 straight to the New York Mets in the 2015 National League Championship Series. Good for him,  I say. {And a moment of silence and appreciation for those …

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Develop A Personal Learning Strategy

Chief Learning Officer magazine hosted a “Bring Your Own Learning” webinar, today. In it, Todd Tauber, Vice President of Product Marketing of Degreed, started by sharing some interesting statistics regarding BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) technology programs: 95% of the workforce use at least one personal device at work (e.g. smartphone, tablet, laptop) 50% of employers will require employees to supply …

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Reward Systems: Does Yours Measure Up?

Book Review » Title: Reward Systems: Does Yours Measure Up? Author: Steve Kerr Publisher: Harvard Business Press ISBN:978-1-4221-1911-2 I’ve long been a fan of Steve Kerr, the former chief learning officer at General Electric and Goldman Sachs. His 1995 article, On the Folly of Rewarding A, while Hoping for B, (Academy of Management Executive, 1995 Vol.  9 …

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