April 2014

Apr 25 2014

The Problem with Stacked Rankings

I'm actually on vacation so have re-posted a previous blog.  Since it's close to mid-year reviews, I thought it would be timely.

In most large corporations, like my former employer, you are required to stack rank all the employees that work for you at least once a year.  At best, stack ranking forces a manager to view performance on a relative basis. At worse, it’s used as an arbitrary and biased tool for corporate layoffs. I resented having to stack rank my team. Here’s why:






Apr 23 2014

Are You Still Driving Your Ideas Down From the Top?

I recently attended a conference for the National Center of Employee Ownership (NCEO).  As you might expect, there were several keynote speakers, but one in particular caught my attention.


Apr 17 2014

When They Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse- Or Can You?

Long before telecommuting, Skype, and go2meeting, companies would think nothing of asking an employee to re-locate for a job. In fact, many still do.  And when the request fulfills your personal aspirations, no problem. Heck, they’ll even pay to move you. But what if your boss asks you to take a job you don’t want?

Apr 02 2014

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

It may be hard to believe now (or maybe not), but many years ago, I wasn’t so easy to get along with at work, at least with many of my peers.  And what’s worse, the people that worked for me often knew it. Not sure what’s worse- being a jerk, or having everyone know it.