6 Steps Beyond Industrial Age Performance Appraisals

It takes courage, tenacity and teamwork to let go of performance appraisal practices and industrial age thinking.  In our  post 9-11, post financial meltdown, “New Normal,”  business will never be again as it was.  It’s tough, though, to leave our rootedness in twentieth century business practices.  For example, note this recent entry in Wikipedia:      “As of 2013 electric power […]


6 Curation Basics: Meeting the Needs of Your Scan Savvy Clients in Social Media

  The cream of the curators are those who can sort through the digital avalanche of noise  and find the buried gems.    Just like a great DJ on a radio station who DOES have control over what gets airplay, mining gems creates positive buzz.  It’s also a position of choice, someone worthy of following and worthy of your business. My […]


Think like an Entrepreneur: Be Anti-Fragile No Matter Where You Work

How do you  FRAME an approach to entrepreneurial change that helps you adapt to a business climate that continues to evolve? I asked those attending the session, how many of you are still in your same profession, for more than ten years or so?  Two raised their hands.  Their professions were cosmetology and nursing.  Though there […]


7 Secrets of Union Management Success with Teams, Michigan News

What are the 7 secrets to sustainability with teams, management and unions? We presented our lessons learned at the recent Partnerships in Progress Michigan Labor and Management Association Conference, 2014, East Lansing, Michigan. We’ve included our Slideshare and photos below to illustrate a 7 Secrets PROVENN model based on our experiences in the auto industry and with […]


Curing ONE of the Seven Deadly Diseases of Management, Performance Appraisals

Entrenched habits tend to persist, mostly invisible, until poets, reformers and provocateurs start writing, talking and asking questions. They challenge us to reexamine long-standing practices that no longer fit our current world and what’s on the horizon. This includes the persistent business artifact, performance appraisal, reviled by many, dropped entirely by a few, stuck on […]


A History of Performance Appraisals: Letting Go to Power New Culture

Performance ratings are part of ancient, really ancient, history. Are we ready yet to let go of individual performance appraisals (reviews, evaluations) to fully embrace achievement-oriented, team cultures? Or is the individualistic command and control culture of the Great Britain and American industrial age too much a part of the problem?  This SlideShare illustrates it: […]


6 Choices for High Performance Teams, Groups and Psuedo-Teams: Achievement Is How You Say It!

Looking for high performance in your organization?  Then take a good look at teams vs. groups. Kenneth P. De Meuse, of the Korn/Ferry Institute cites how work teams appear to be gaining in strength as jobs get bigger, organizational structures get more complex, and more and more companies become multi-national in scope (Naquin & Tynan, 2003). The VUCA […]


3 Success Factors for High Performance Teams, and What Gets In the Way: Interview with a Millennial

Leadership today has evolved greatly and includes high performance within teams.  Teamwork can also be the “secret sauce” that defines successful organizations.  Our systems for supporting high performance and leadership in teams and in entire organizations have not kept up with the times. Some of our most persistent management practices date from the industrial age, including […]


Top 5 Apple BlockBusters and Reasons the iPad Ruled the Tablets in 2013

If there’s one thing that Apple has been getting right, it is their ability to create beautiful, easy-to-use blockbusters. To build a great business, it’s all about creating a great product that people love for the positive impact on their lives.   ______________ The 2013 statistics on the iPad, and my own …blew me away. […]


Beyond Resilience: Givers, Takers, Matchers and Anti-Fragile Systems

“Our focus on removing or minimizing randomness has actually had the perverse effect of increasing fragility.”   How can we work through this  paradox in organizations?  Assistant Professor Adam Grant’s recent works provides insights. As a follow-on exploring the concept of anti-fragile systems that I blogged about earlier, consider the power of Dr. Grant’s recent work on Givers, […]