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Management Lessons

By - Last updated: Thursday, August 21, 2008

This employee review system sounds good to me!! It gives equal weight to four areas, rather than simply focusing on financial goals. 1. On-the-job performance, the typical quantitative goals 2. Peer group relationships 3. Management/leadership, or how well you develop the people around you 4. Innovation/best practices It is attributed to Bill Campbell, Silicon Valley's "Secret Coach", in an article in Fortune Magazine. (See the July 21, 2008 edition)

A “Stop Doing” List

By - Last updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2008

This exercise is from an article by Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great and is consistent with my summer exercise of more "being", less "doing". "Suppose you woke up tomorrow and received two phone calls. The first phone call tells you that you have inherited $20 million, no strings attached. The second tells you that you have an incurable and terminal disease, and you have no more than 10 years to live. What would you do differently, and, in particular, what would you stop doing?"

Last Lecture

By - Last updated: Thursday, April 24, 2008

I was in the US recently and there was a lot of media coverage of a book called the "Last Lecture" published by a 47 year professor , Randy Pausch who is dying of pancreatic cancer. Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University gave a lecture in September 2007 which is the basis of his new book. The "last lecture" is an academic tradition where a professor is invited to speak as if it's the last lecture he will ever give. However, in Pausch's case, it was. Pausch became an internet celebrity after the lecture and millions haved viewed it on You Tube. In my mind, the story is a very American one with the requisite Oprah appearance and book deal, however, there ...

Women Supporting Women

By - Last updated: Friday, April 4, 2008

Women seem to resist supporting one another, in so many ways!! I am reminded of this every day, watching the US election campaign. We judge each other harshly and are quick to criticize one another. What is this all about? Where does it get us? What satisfaction does it provide? And where would we be, if this was not the case? Women feel excluded from the informal groups of their male colleagues but don't seem to trust or value one another enough to establish their own informal networks. What would happen, if women made the choice to support one another? What would happen if we stepped up just 50% of the time? And I mean real support,eg retaining female lawyers, financial advisors and ...