Category Archives: high performing teams

Leading with love

I’ve just written this blog with Giles Hutchins, author of The Nature of Business, a good read for anyone who wants a more innovative and agile way of staying in business.

Here’s the intro, follow the link to his site for the full blog.

In 1986 the average knowledge worker carried in their heads 75% of the knowledge they needed to do their job. By 2006 the average had dropped to 8%, today it’s around 5%, and within 10 years the average will be 1%. (ref. Carnegie-Mellon rolling study by Robert Kelley).

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Google’s great managers

and how to get the rest just as good.

As this article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/business/13hire.html?pagewanted=1&_r=4&ref=business

says, what makes a truly great manager lies in a few fairly obvious things. What Google found out of the data from their internal study is exactly what makes a great Google manager. Which may have nothing to do with what makes a great Lufthansa manager, for example.

Google is heavily reliant on solid data, even in their HR, a field often relying only on experience and intuition. Forward-thinking companies though, like Google, are turning more and more to data to complement experience and intuition.  (See Todd (more…)

Star Performance Transfer and individual strengths

This great article from Gallup speaks to one central pillar, contracting, in cascading star performance from your top 20% to the rest of your team:

http://gmj.gallup.com/content/153341/Why-Strengths-Matter-Training.aspx

Performance interventions (whether learning, e-learning, on the job, or a complete organisational transformation) are most likely to deliver fast, permanent gains in performance if there is a clear contract before the intervention. A contract between the line manager and the participant(s).

One critical element is clarity on what is expected of the participant on the job after the intervention; coupled with feedback on how well they are currently doing vs. expectations.

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Star Performance Transfer and Lean

The lean way, pioneered by Toyota over 50 years ago, adds value for the customer by eliminating waste and identifying “the best way.” Lean is not yet much used for “soft” processes, like learning and development; but those of our clients already using lean for manufacturing see clearly that we have brought lean thinking to human factors and human performance transfer.

Lean, or one of the other ways of systemically and continuously improving any process, is at the heart of most technical development, design and manufacturing today. If done (more…)

The future of work: our journey 1

What makes for a successful organisation has changed significantly over the past 20 years, and will certainly change even more in the next 20 years. We just don’t know (yet) what successful organisations will be like in 2042!

Nor exactly what successful performers will be doing to drive organisational performance.

What we do know is that the best organisations already have their star performers. And a few of these are centred in the needs of tomorrow; already doing today what your future success will require from all.

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