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The High Price of Overly Prescriptive HR Policies
Recently, one of my colleagues left our firm to make significantly more money at another company. We wanted to keep her, but the commission-based salary offered by the other company was more than we could match. She hadn’t realized how long her new commute would be during rush hour, however, and after three days of long, round-trip commutes during rush-hour traffic, she asked to shift her schedule an hour earlier to spend less time in unproductive gridlock. Her manager denied her request, saying, “If we did it for you, we’d have to do it for others.” It was good news fo [...]
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Blog Metrics: Why You Need to Stop Focusing on ‘Vanity’ Stats
In a recent ProBlogger Mastermind, I shared a slide that seemed to hit a nerve with the group. While having lots of page views, sessions, fans, followers and even email subscribers may feel good, they don’t actually tell you anything about the health of your blog. I included this in my Mastermind session after having several conversations with bloggers that all started something like this: “Traffic is growing, and so is my social following and email list. But I’m not making any money”. For many, the monetization emptiness came from focusing on certain results and metrics (such [...]
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Research: How the Best School Leaders Create Enduring Change
Transforming a school is a long, hard, and often lonely task. Some people want change, others don’t, and some simply aren’t prepared to wait for results to show. As a school leader sets off on this journey, how do they know what to do, when to do it, who to listen to, and how to manage critics along the way? Our study of the actions and impact of 411 leaders of UK academies found that only 62 of them managed their turnaround successfully and sustainably transformed their school. While other leaders managed to create a school that looked good while they were there, but then went bac [...]
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Playing Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul
Politics is a dirty word. But office politics are unavoidable; as Aristotle noted, “man is by nature a political animal.” Whether you participate in them or not, politics have a big influence on what happens to you, your projects, and your team, so it’s hard to be indifferent to them. To borrow from the political scientist, Harold Laswell, office politics can be understood as the unwritten rules that determine who gets what, when, and how — a promotion, a budget for a project, a say in the boss’s decisions — and who doesn’t. This is why we dislike poli [...]
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Find Your Happy Place at Work
Annie McKee, a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of the book How to Be Happy at Work, tells the story of her journey to happiness—starting with her early job as a caregiver for an elderly couple. Even in later, higher-paying work, McKee saw that pursuing prestige and success for the wrong reasons ruined people’s personal and professional lives. She discusses how misplaced ambition, obsession with money, and fatalism are traps anyone, in any kind of job, can fall for—and how to not let that happen to you. Download this podcast [...]
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As Your Company Evolves, What Happens to Employees Who Don’t?
When my company was young, we worked with two contractors who played key roles in client services. As we grew and defined our core values — singling out accountability as our top priority — it became clear that these contractors did not meet our newly defined standards. They were often difficult to catch on the phone, noncommittal about deadlines, and understandably had more of an individual, not team-based, approach to their work. Because they were such strong performers and clients liked working with them, I tolerated their behavior. However, when other team members pointed out t [...]
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Comparing Email Service Providers for Bloggers
This is the third post in our Email Newsletter Series. One major sticking point for most bloggers who are setting up a newsletter is deciding what email service to use. There are lots of different, competing, options out there, and there’s no one perfect solution. Just in case you were thinking about it … don’t try to run a newsletter by emailing everyone through your regular email client, using the “BCC” field. If you email subscribers from your own gmail, yahoo, even @yourdomain.com email account, you put your own IP address at risk for being blacklisted by Internet Service P [...]
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How to Think Differently About a Flexible Workforce – SPONSOR CONTENT FROM CATALANT
In today’s rapidly changing business environment, companies that rely solely on full-time employees are finding they have neither the skills nor the agility to sustain success. For instance, 40 percent of U.S. companies can’t fill their open positions, according to a McKinsey Global Institute study that found that analytical, engineering, and management roles are the hardest to fill. With those gaps, companies must now focus less on the fixed supply of in-house people and more on the capabilities they need to get work done. And a pool of independent and highly skilled workers who c [...]
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Whole Foods Is Becoming Amazon’s Brick-and-Mortar Pricing Lab
Speculation continues to percolate on the implications of Amazon’s recently completed $13.7-billion purchase of Whole Foods. Did Amazon buy the pioneering organic food and grocery chain to gain instant access to its brick-and-mortar stores in attractive neighborhoods? Do Jeff Bezos and his team want to exploit the vast cross-selling opportunities because of the presumed similarities between Amazon Prime members and Whole Foods customers? Is this an end-run around Walmart, who until this deal looked set to dominate online grocery ordering? Is Amazon trying to capitalize on the growing tre [...]
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What’s the Right Kind of Bonus to Motivate Your Sales Force?
Companies typically compensate their sales force by using some combination of salary, commission, and bonuses, but executives are often unsure of which incentives provide the best motivation. For example, should bonuses be tied to quotas or should they be given unconditionally? For a quota system, would it be better to use bonuses as a reward (giving them to those who meet or surpass their quotas) or as punishment (taking them away from those who fail to meet their quotas)? To investigate these questions, we conducted a randomized field experiment at a large Indian company that manufactur [...]
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What Harvey Is Teaching the Health Care Sector About Managing Disasters
The damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey has posed enormous health challenges in Houston and neighboring areas hit hard by the storm. As regional medical director of emergency medicine for the Houston Methodist Hospital System, one of us (Neil) has been on the front lines of the medical response. The other (Ranu) has been involved in responses to such public health disasters as the Ebola crisis in Africa, Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The response to Harvey is ongoing, but there are early lessons that could help governments and health systems in dealing with [...]
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Use the Optimum and Latest Farming Machineries Overture by Grintoso
Agriculture is a well known crucial key factor which is significantly impacting the global economy. The rapid upswings in technical advancements and agricultural methods have been improving greatly for a long time. Farmers nowadays are loaded with well equipments and advanced farming techniques so that they can produce marvelous and phenomenal results in farming. And just in case if you are looking for such company that can provide you latest agricultural machineries, then Grintoso will be the advisable destination for you. The company is proudly serving their consumers with top of the line ma [...]
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