Managerial Accountability Is Not Missing; It’s just MISPLACED

By Michelle Malay Carter on October 29, 2008 

Last week I pointed you to an article by Samuel A.?Culbert, Get Rid of the Performance Review.? I thought it was well written, but I’m not in 100% agreement with some of his proposed solutions, particularly around accountability. Culbert says, “The alternative to one-side-accountable, boss-administered/subordinate-received performance reviews is two-side, reciprocally accountable, performance previews.” Performance Previews […]

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Leadership Gut Check – Performance Reviews

By Michelle Malay Carter on October 23, 2008 

Eschew the Performance Review I wrote earlier this week about best intentions not leading to best practices.? Even if we were to grant that performance reviews started with the best of intentions – they have wandered dangerously off course. Deming argued against them back in his day.? I’ve argued against them myself.? But this Machine […]

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Best Intentions Don’t Equal Best Practices – Ask the Bigger Questions of Your Systems

By Michelle Malay Carter on October 20, 2008 

I believe in people.? Their inherent goodness.? Their desire to contribute.? To do well by themselves and others.? But clearly, this does not always translate into best practices.? Sometimes to do right by ourselves, our systems force us to do wrong by others. Whoa!? Where Did?We Go? Many times we start out doing something for […]

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Late-Breaking Candidate Proclaims: “I’m OK, You’re OK, Let’s Fix the System”

By Michelle Malay Carter on October 17, 2008 

I always tell my kids, stop being part of the problem and become part of the solution.? So I took my own advice. Click here to view my 90-second video.?? (For the life of me, I couldn’t get the video to embed.) Thanks for PalTalk for this Friday Funny.

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Where is the Leadership Wisdom? Hiding with Waldo

By Michelle Malay Carter on October 15, 2008 

Have you played the game, Where’s Waldo?? The point is to search an incredibly cluttered image and isolate Waldo, who is hiding amongst the debris.?Can you find Waldo in the image to the left? We Don’t Need More.? We Need Discernment When it comes to leadership wisdom, it’s a little like Where’s Waldo.? There is […]

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When the Student is Ready, the Management Consultant will Appear

By Michelle Malay Carter on October 13, 2008 

How often do consultants get paid not to do the client’s work but rather?to act more like athletic coaches?? Coaches get to know their players and their competition.? They help clients build a repertoire of knowledge and skills and then lie-in-wait in order to?suggest the right context within which to use those skills. What is […]

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See You on the Other Side…

By Michelle Malay Carter on October 2, 2008 

I’m heading off to vacation, attending?a Carolina?Panthers’? football game?on Sunday?followed by 5 days?in a “cabin” in North Georgia.? You judge for yourself based up the photos, will we be “roughing” it?? If your answer is yes, I’ve done something wrong.?? Be well. ? ? ?

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