“Managers micromanage because of a need for control,” says D. Scott DeRue, associate dean and professor of management at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. “Decades of studies in psychology have established that people have a deep need for a sense of control in life and business. The irony is that micromanaging provides the manager with a sense of control, but at the same time robs the employee of it. But… DeRue and Long offer five situations when a manager might want to be… Read more Five Situations When You Should Micromanage →
Not sure about the strategies for streamlining the meetings (aka allow a limited time for discussion) but the number on this infographic are scary! Average number of weekly meetings for 35-55yo professionals: 20+ Average length of a corporate meeting in the US: 1.5hrs Cost of unproductive meetings each year: US$35B Best we get our meetings sorted then. How to Streamline Your Meetings Infographic | Inc.com.
While great interviewers ask questions to find people’s strengths, some interviewers look to catch people out. Here’s a summary of 10 ‘gotcha’ questions you might be asked in a job interview, and some possible approaches to answering them. “Knowing how to deal with tough interview questions properly can put you miles above other candidates. Your body language, voice and content of your answers are all factors that play into you getting hired.This article will detail some tough and misleading questions that generally confuse potential employees and will help you get an insider view on… Read more 8 Misleading And Really Tough Questions You Could Be Asked In Job Interviews →
The important point here is the second sentence: Both are quite necessary for a successful business, but rarely does someone completely master the traits of both. First step to working well with others? Know thyself. “The world is filled with managers and leaders. Both are quite necessary for a successful business, but rarely does someone completely master the traits of both. Often visionary entrepreneurs are moved aside for someone who can keep things steady and smooth. Of course when companies grow complacent, it’s the leader who charts a new direction and… Read more Take This Important Quiz: Are You a Better Manager or Leader? →
Great ideas here that get me thinking about appraisal for our systems: Why not have annual performance reviews for our key systems as well as people? What would a 360 review of a system look like? Have the system itself gave evidence of its own effectiveness? “When it comes to measurement, systems matter much more than people do. If your processes are broken, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve hired the best in the business; both performance and results will suffer at the hand of a poor system. The reverse is… Read more Why Measuring Systems Matters More Than Measuring People →
Some interesting ideas around the power of creative pairs/teams and what is required to make them work: “Joshua Wolf Shenk’s new book out this week, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, draws on academic research, historical evidence, and original reportage, to explore what makes creative partnerships tick, from a foundation of trust to a spark that ignites when two people are “as alike as identical twins and as unalike as complete strangers.” via Why Real Innovation Comes From Powerful Pairs | Inc.com.
Can connection with a bigger purpose increase outcomes for learners? New research suggests it probably can. “A few years ago, psychologist David Yeager and his colleagues noticed something interesting while interviewing high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area about their hopes, dreams and life goals. It was no surprise that students often said that making money, attaining fame or pursuing a career that they enjoyed were important to them. But many of them also spoke of additionally wanting to make a positive impact on their community or society — such… Read more How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn | MindShift →
“Rituals can strengthen and spotlight the values, intentions, and experiences you have chosen to live by; they and can be useful when we are trying to figure out what is important. Here are some things that great leaders are doing wholeheartedly to make each day count.” How do you do the ritual of reading? Or the ritual of listening? Of mentorship? Of feedback? http://www.lollydaskal.com/leadership/daily-leadership-rituals-that-make-today-count/.