“The culture of a workplace- an organization’s values, norms and practices- has a huge impact on our happiness and success.” Adam Grant
In last week’s Tip, we looked at the first reason why management training fails: It focuses on skill deficits rather than performance. In this Tip, we will focus on the second reason, and address the third and final reason in next week’s Tip.
The second reason why management training fails is because It occurs outside of the managers’ organizational context and culture. When managers attend off-site workshops, the instructor does not know and cannot incorporate reference to the individual managers’ organizational policies or procedures. It is unreasonable to expect otherwise. Unless the training program provides … Read the rest
“It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained.” Queen Elizabeth II
There are three key reasons why management training fails:
- It focuses on skill deficits rather than performance,
- It occurs outside of the managers’ organizational context and culture, and
- It does not reinforce application of new knowledge or behavior.
In this Tip, we’ll focus on the first reason. We’ll cover the remaining reasons in subsequent Tips.
Reason #1 for management training failure: it focuses on general skill deficits rather than specific performance.
Unless the training program is exclusively for one organization or an intact team, typical management training is concerned with developing managerial skills rather than tackling performance problems within … Read the rest
“I tried for a short time to be something I wasn’t, and had no success with it. It’s a practical solution to just be yourself.” Kate McKinnon
When life gives some people lemons, they make lemon meringue pie, lemonade, lemon squares, lemon cheesecake, or lemon garlic tilapia (or, if they’re like me, they have any fish with lemon- or not at all).
Apparently, when life gives me lemons, I get acid reflux and reach for my personal Pepcid.
Confronted with very practical, mundane issues, I scratch my head and keep doing what I’ve always done- often to my detriment. I guess I’m not the practical problem solver I thought I was.
For example, here are the lessons … Read the rest
“My New Year’s Resolution List usually starts with the desire to lose between ten and three thousand pounds.” Nia Vardalos
Welcome to 2018. I hope it is kind to you.
The media strongly encourages us to make positive changes in our lives in the shape of New Year’s resolutions. But Stephanie Vozza believes that the resolutions we make only reflect what we think we should do- not what we truly desire and are willing to put in the work to make happen. As a result, most resolutions are unrealistic and almost immediately forgotten.
Ms. Vozza’s offers an alternative in her article: Why You Should Make An Anti-Resolution List (And What To Put On It). She quotes Kate Hanley, the … Read the rest
“Grant us peace, Your most precious gift, O Eternal Source of peace, and give us the will to proclaim its message to all the peoples of the earth.” Reform Judaism blessing
Marjorie, a vibrant and thoughtful 97-year-old friend of my mother gave me this poem. It is by Alfred Duckett. Marjorie knew him while he lived in Brooklyn, where he was born in 1917.
Mr. Duckett collaborated with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a book and speeches, including Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech for the 1963 March on Washington. He also co-authored Jackie Robinson’s 1972 autobiography, I Never Had It Made, which gives a candid account of what it took to be … Read the rest
“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” Elbert Hubbard
We all want to succeed at what we choose to do. But when we experience failure after failure, it’s hard to believe that success may be just around the corner.
There have been lots of articles about famous people who failed on their way to success. Some of them failed thousands of times, and yet they still persevered.
Their secret? They believed in themselves and in their dreams. And, as David Bayer has said, “Beliefs are decisions.” Once a positive dream-affirming decision is made, possibilities and opportunities begin to appear that, when grasped, will ultimately build a path to success.… Read the rest