From Harvard Business Review: Work-Life Balance Is Easier When Your Manager Knows How to Assess Performance

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“Changing the way we evaluate goes to the very core of good management. Think about how much more competitive your whole organization would be if managers:

  • Defined performance in terms of customer satisfaction, core activities, or project completion.
  • Regularly held goal-setting and feedback sessions with employees, and used goal attainment as the core of performance evaluation.
  • Understood which aspects of employees’ jobs lend themselves to flexible work and which need to be performed at set times in the office.
  • Allowed more flexibility in how, when, and where work gets done, while ensuring that enough time is spent at the office to promote communication, collaboration and innovation.
  • Gradually allowed more freedom and flexibility employees who perform well and earn trust.
  • Recognized that we can maintain or even increase performance standards in professional environments while letting go of exactly how work gets done.”

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From Harvard Business Review: Shifting from Star Performer to Star Manager

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“It turns out it’s not so easy to manage ultra-smart high achievers — especially when you’re one of them.”

This post from Harvard Business Review will help you understand the three human needs to get your team of high performers going in the right direction:

  1. Need for Achievement
  2. Need for Affiliation
  3. Need for Power

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From Kellogg School of Management: 5 Ways to Motivate Employees

Ways to Motivate Employees

There are many ways to motivate employees (other than financial incentives). These suggestions are great for old and new managers alike, providing proven guidance that will make you more of an asset to your company. Here are some tips from Kellogg School of Management:

1. Walk the talk
Make sure policies are aligned with the organization’s values.

2. Clarify employee expectations
Be straight forward with every employee about what is expected of them before blaming the employee for poor performance.

3. Have more difficult conversations
Don’t wait for annual reviews to give feedback. It’s a disservice to you and your employee.

4. Know what happens when you enter the room
Social awareness and self-awareness are key attributes of good leaders.

5. Invest time in your employees
Get to know every employee’s strength and their goals for their career and within the company.


From Harvard Business Review: How Egos Distort the Way We See Each Other

This video from Harvard Business Review discusses how egos distort the way we see each other through:

  • Misunderstand facial expressions and what they mean in relation to our egos
  • Our misconception that there is transparency in how we perceive the behavior of others
  • Our existence as “Cognitive Misers”
  • The relationship between relativeness and closeness and how it affects the way we judge and perceive others


Mauricio Macri’s Argentina and Startup Growth via Partnership

In this week’s Brain Boost: Mauricio Macri’s Argentina and Startup Growth via Partnership.

Mauricio Macri’s Argentina
Mauricio Macri is the new president in Argentina and he’s already making big changes. This is going to push Argentina’s economy into new territory. He has allowed the Argentinian peso to be freely floated. That means he’s removed all the capital controls that were making the Argentinian peso trade at certain amounts, backed by the Federal Reserve in Argentina.

Macri has allowed the Argentinian peso to be freely floated.
Macri has allowed the Argentinian peso to be freely floated.

In general, it is looking like a trend is emerging in the major economies in Latin America towards a more market-driven economy, which probably will imply economic growth and opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors. This is something we discussed at length in the Advanced Management Training Program. A summary of Mauricio Macri’s election victory and how it might signal big change in Argentina and in the region is linked in the description of this video.

Startup Growth via Partnership
Next, let’s look at Facebook and Uber’s new partnership. Now, Facebook users in the USA using the messenger app can order Uber cars directly from the app. What’s really important here is that I’m seeing many leading companies taking a partnership approach to user growth.

For example, Lyft and Didi Kuaidi have teamed up. Khan Academy in Bank of America have teamed up. Even though these deals can be pretty complex to structure and set up, you can imagine the immense power that comes when two complementary offerings and their user bases are allowed to cross populate. Is there a partnership strategy that might be able to work for your organization?



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Canon’s Decoy, Slack and Stewart Butterfield, AMT Series on Skillshare

In this week’s Brain Boost, Canon’s Decoy, why you should care about Slack, and the new Advanced Management Training series on Skillshare.

Canon’s Decoy
We will start by looking at the number one trending video on YouTube. It is from Canon Australia and is a piece of content marketing that is centered around the act of photographing portraits. You, out there in the community, who are interested in marketing and content marketing will find this video to be an exceptional evolution in the world of content marketing. You’ll notice that Canon’s brand is very lightly featured in the piece. Instead, the piece centers around photography itself.

That is, a photographer would love to see this video –not because of the camera, but because of their passion for photography. If you are interested in checking out this piece of content marketing yourself, you can find the link here in the video or in the tradition of the video below.

Slack and Stewart Butterfield
This year, Wall Street Journal has named Stewart Butterfield, the founder of slack, the Innovator of the Year. Slack claims to “kill email” and you might want to take it kind of seriously. It is now being used by over 1.5 million people worldwide and institutions like Harvard University, Nasa, Deloitte, and other high-profile organizations.

If you want to learn more about Slack, here is a tutorial on YouTube where you can learn more about the technology and how to use it. You might read this very interesting profile of Stuart, the founder of slack. He has a really interesting background in philosophy and a kind of unique approach to business.

AMT Series on Skillshare
Finally, we have a new series on Advancement Management Training that is now available and live on Skillshare. You can visit part one of the series at the link here. If you are a new manager, an existing manager, or an entrepreneur who wants to improve your leadership and management skills, you might want to check out this course series on Skillshare. It’s also available on Udemy.  

We’ll see you next week at 10 a.m. Pacific time for next week’s Brain Boost.