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3 Rules for Becoming an Operationally Excellent Leader

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
November 16, 2017

Imagine you have a brilliant friend. He's always full of great ideas. Unfortunately, this friend rarely brushes his teeth, never flosses, and showers only occasionally. So when he tries to implement his ideas, he struggles: Who would ever listen to someone so disheveled and gross? Your friend's lack of hygiene has rendered him an ineffective person.

There is a similar dynamic at play in organizations that put all their effort into strategy without first establishing basic operational hygiene.

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Incentive Programs (Still) Don’t Work

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
November 9, 2017

As we approach 2018, here’s a question worth considering: Why do so many organizations still employ management practices that have been discredited for decades?

If you ask me, one of the worst examples is the continued popularity of incentive programs, which attempt to prod employees into higher performance with bonuses, raises, and other material rewards. As Alfie Kohn writes in Harvard Business Review, “a growing collection of evidence supports an opposing view [that incentives do not drive performance]. According to numerous studies in laboratories, workplaces, classrooms, and other settings, rewards typically undermine the very processes they are intended to enhance.”

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To Learn from CEOs, Study Their Mistakes

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
November 3, 2017

It's easier to learn from CEO failures than from CEO successes.

 

Is studying great CEOs the best way to learn? It's certainly valuable, but there's more to be learned from CEO blunders. Here's why.

Analyzing effective CEOs is limiting for two reasons. First, successful CEOs do so many things right that often it's difficult to figure out what to imitate.

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