Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? A Friday Funny

By Michelle Malay Carter on May 30, 2008 

Albert Einstein: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road moved beneath the chicken depends on your frame of reference. Darwin: Chickens, over great periods of time, have been naturally selected in such a way that they are now genetically disposed to cross roads. Karl Marx: It was a historical inevitability. Captain James T. […]

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Three Organization Design Principles – Why Engagement Sits at about 20 Percent

By Michelle Malay Carter on May 28, 2008 

Organizational Engineering At PeopleFit, we consider ourselves organizational engineers.? Meaning, we use scientific knowledge and natural laws in order to design and implement structures, systems, and processes that realize a desired objective and meet specified criteria – i.e. we design requisite leadership systems which produce work enabling organizations rooted in trust, fairness, and accountability. It’s […]

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Insightory – A Management Information Repository

By Michelle Malay Carter on May 27, 2008 

If you haven’t stumbled upon it yet, you should check out Insightory. It’s a platform for management professionals, academicians and graduate business students to share their knowledge and insights with the corporate world, solve management issues collaboratively, and network with peers who have similar professional interests. Their goal is to do for management knowledge what […]

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Memorial Day in the United States

By Michelle Malay Carter on May 26, 2008 

Today is Memorial Day in the US.? I honor and appreciate all who have given their lives for my freedom. ?

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What Shape is a Watermelon? A Friday Funny

By Michelle Malay Carter on May 23, 2008 

Oval you say?? Not always. Watermelons, though tasty, are quite difficult to deal with in terms of shipping and storing.? They create a lot of “wasted space” in stores and refrigerators.? Not in Japan!? Much to the pleasure of Japanese retailers and consumers alike, some innovative farmers started growing watermelons in boxes, and ta-da, square […]

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Blogwear from Social Media Butterfly

By Michelle Malay Carter on May 22, 2008 

Nathania Johnson, while with Bold Interactive, was instrumental in helping make Mission Minded Management a reality.? She has spread her wings and flown into new pursuits to include creating a line of Social Media Wear. Her line includes 11 themes.? My favorites are: Social Media Butterfly I Think, Therefore, I Blog Social Media Schmoozer She’s […]

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The Dangers of Promoting from Within – Avoid “Right Place at the Right Time” Promotions

By Michelle Malay Carter on May 21, 2008 

It’s a noble thing when organizations strive to promote from within, but this can really become a mess during times of explosive growth. HR’s Image Problem May Be Rooted in Promoting From Within In my last post, I eluded to the fact that this happens in HR quite frequently, and this may be why HR […]

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The Chicken-Egg, HR “Seat at the the Table” Argument

By Michelle Malay Carter on May 19, 2008 

Regarding the long-suffering demand that HR be granted a seat at the table, I’d like to address this issue using my work levels goggles.? Is it really about HR needing to acquire this competency or that competency, or is it about organizational structure? I’m Talking About a Strategy Table If we assume that “the table” […]

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Five Degrees of Separation – A Friday Funny

By Michelle Malay Carter on May 16, 2008 

An oldie but goodie for this graduation season: –A graduate with a Science degree asks, “Why does it work?” –A graduate with an Engineering degree asks, “How does it work?” –A graduate with an Accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?” –A graduate with a Law degree asks, “Are you sure beyond a reasonable […]

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Positive Manifestations of Overhiring and Underutilization

By Michelle Malay Carter on May 14, 2008 

Last week, I asked you how you channeled your cognitive surplus. One reader responded by saying that she created and carried out extra work. This is a fabulous thing for an employee to do. However, when you have people mismatched to roles, dysfunction can strike as quickly as the paparazzi on Britney Spears. Two examples […]

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