Tip #512: Use the Cynefin Framework to Improve Decision Making

On April 7, 2014, Posted by , In management and leadership, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #512: Use the Cynefin Framework to Improve Decision Making

“It’s easy to make good decisions when there are no bad options.”  Robert Half

[Note: The following information is drawn from these sources:  Wikipedia: Cynefin; Everyday Kanban: Understanding the Cynefin Framework; GoDaddy: On Sense-Making, and Cynefin; Harvard Business Review: A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making; and YouTube: The Cynefin Framework- as explained by Dave Snowden at https://www.youtube.co/watch?v=N7oz366X0-8.]

The Cynefin framework is a guide for making decisions. It helps decision-makers realize that all situations are not created equal and that different situations require different responses to successfully navigate them. Using the Cynefin framework can help leaders sense which context they are in so that they can make better decisions and avoid the problems that arise when … Read the rest

Tip #338: If You Want Employees to be Productive: Tell Them What They Need To Know

On August 30, 2010, Posted by , In management and leadership, By ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #338: If You Want Employees to be Productive: Tell Them What They Need To Know

“I’m slowly becoming a convert to the principle that you can’t motivate people to do things, you can only demotivate them. The primary job of the manager is not to empower but to remove obstacles.” Scott Adams

If a business wants to be effective in this (or any other) economy, the key is to make sure employees can be as productive as possible. This can be accomplished by using effective performance management and making sure that employees are able to make informed decisions.

What role does performance management play?

It is impossible to hit a target that is not identified. Employees need to know what they are expected to do, how well they are expected to do it, and how … Read the rest