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January 21, 2019

I wrote this article about a year ago and thought it worth re-posting (updated a bit and modestly edited).  Not much has changed in the past year, in fact, many companies have doubled down on differentiation as cost pressures intensify and compensation budgets tighten....

November 20, 2018

It’s that time of year again, time for the most important part of performance management.  It’s rating season.  The time for playing nice is over—for optimistic plans, feedback, coaching, and development.  It’s time for cold, hard, reptilian evaluation.  Ratings a...

I was quite surprised to hear the story about United Airline’s move to replace their bonus system with a lottery.  Yes, you read that right.  There is plenty to read about this already (see Adam Grant's LinkedIn post)  but this story and other trends in the reward...

February 8, 2018

We live in “instrumental” times.

This is no more apparent than in the title question.  I’m sure the teachers among you are asked this question a lot.  I understand the question; I have asked it myself.  Students don’t want to waste their time on material that isn’t goin...

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