The One Question Nobody Is Asking About Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

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Originally posted at Forbes.com There have been few developments since the election of President Donald Trump that have generated as much heat as his nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education … and that’s saying something. Measured reactions about DeVos have been rare, as both Left and Right have cast her ascension to the top job at the Department of …

4 Ways Your Annual Review Is A Game Of ‘Calvinball’

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Originally posted at Forbes.com As the end of the year fast approaches, employers and employees everywhere are embarking upon the annual exercise of the performance review. For too many, this experience is less like a genuine moment of competency evaluation and improvement insight, and more like a game of Calvinball with a salary increase at stake. For the too young or the uninitiated, …

‘We Were Not Found Wanting’

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Originally posted at Forbes.com On this date 53 years ago, an administrator did what managers everywhere did in the 1960’s: he issued an interoffice memo to the staff in his organization. The organization had just faced an unexpected test — a true “black swan” event. The stresses upon the team and its systems were enormous, and yet the organization absorbed the moment while …

Don’t Cut The Fat — Burn It

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Originally posted at Forbes.com For decades now, the accepted wisdom has been the same for both nutrition and management: cut the fat. Just as emerging science has come to show the health benefits of nutritional fat, it is time to reexamine the managerial obsession with eliminating “fat” and organizational waste. Food For Thought In the late 1970’s, the federal government launched a task …