A Culture that Embraces Results Measurement

Results measurement is a subject that not every employee is comfortable with. Some are anxious feeling that the manager watches over their shoulders to monitor their work. Others feel offended that there is a lack of trust. In many businesses, the approach to results measurement creates conflicts between business units,… [More]

Knowledge as a Strategic Asset

A project management services company uses contractors extensively to deliver its services. The company serves a niche market in the utility sector. As the contractors are free to pick up work to fill their capacity, there is no guarantee that they would stay with the company. Subsequently, special knowledge is… [More]

How to Use Data to Optimize Operations

A manufacturing company expanded its services to a new city. The success rate in bidding for work has been around 15%. The manager seeks for ways to improve the success rate. Improving the bid approach, and hence the success rate, could be a challenge. The bid needs to be profitable…. [More]

Is Performance Evaluation for the Employee or the Business?

A professional service company provides feedback to its employees whenever it receives comments from the customers. An employee might receive a pat on the back or could be called upon to discuss issues flagged. The approach is customer-oriented. For a business, being customer-oriented is good. For the employee, the approach… [More]

Do You Train or Information Dump?

An employee just started a project for a new client. He needed to familiarize himself with the standard operating procedures at the work site. The lengthy 80-page document outlines the work procedures and reporting requirements. It wasn’t an interesting read, though an important one to ensure that all the rules… [More]