Posts Tagged: Performance management

The key to willpower lies in believing you have it in abundance (maybe)

Americans believe they have less stamina for strenuous mental activity than their European counterparts—an indication that people in the U.S. perceive their willpower or self-control as being in limited supply, a new study suggests.

What the researchers say: More than 1,100 Americans and 1,600 Europeans—including 775 Swiss and 871 German-speaking adults—participated in the study, which tested the validity of a widely used psychological assessment tool called the Implicit Theory of Willpower for Strenuous Mental Activities Scale.… [read more]

Teams work better if they pick their partners

We have said for a long time that the key to creating high performing teams was to select people who enjoy each other’s company. This notion has received powerful confirmation in a recent study. The key, the researchers say, to get people to work together effectively could be giving them the flexibility to choose their collaborators and the comfort of working with established contacts.… [read more]

Depression, burnout and low quality of life.

Human stress is simply a result of our modern society forcing us to try and exceed our genetic design specs. We are simply not designed to live in a materialistic unequal society and work in the ways and for the long hours that we do.… [read more]

Unstructured interviews lead to unstructured nonsense.

I don’t know how many times I hears executives tell me how valuable unstructured interviews are in screening applicants for jobs. I have always doubted their efficacy. It seems to me that there is great value in having a structure, even if you don’t stick to it very closely.… [read more]

Using praise gets you a lower price

It has been known for a long time that sellers—particularly private sellers—inflate the price of that which they are selling to  much more than they would be willing to pay for the same object. It’s called the ‘endowment effect’ and the idea is that sellers try to compensate themselves for the sense of loss they will feel when they part with the object.… [read more]

People perform badly under threat

We have long hypothesized that threat is not a good management tool, and recently many leaders have come to realize the wisdom of this maxim. However it has never, until now, been scientifically proven. A study by researchers in the US and Israel and published in the current edition of the journal Behavioral Sciences now confirms that people do not perform well under a real or perceived threat.… [read more]

Powerful people are more black and white and dole out more severe punishments

People put into a position of power become more black and white, more judgemental, are more convinced of their own righteousness and more likely to punish others more severely for any transgressions against their sense of what is right. The research by Stanford researchers was published in the current edition of the Academy of Management Journal.… [read more]

Organisations don’t do bad news well

An article in the January 2013 edition of the Journal of Management looks at how people in different organisations deliver bad news. The author concludes that they don’t do it very well, even though they do it a lot—in performance reviews, performance management discussions, in firing people and so on.… [read more]