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Using Catchball to Bring Down the Silos

“What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis.” – W. Edwards Deming One of the most … Continue reading

It is Too Easy to Fire People?

“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people.  At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.” – Lawrence Bossidy How effective is your hiring process?  How do you know? If it was difficult or impossible to fire people after you hired them, would … Continue reading

Why Companies Hire Poorly

“A company should limit its growth based on its ability to attract enough of the right people.” – Jim Collins When a company is buying an expensive piece of equipment, there is often a detailed process to justify the expenditure, study the alternatives, and gain approval.  Leaders throughout the organization are often aware of, or … Continue reading

Why People Don’t Develop

Organizations that do not value development tend to put more pressure on completing performance review on schedule than worrying about whether or not it actually results in improvement. In this type of environment, managers often feel they are fulfilling their responsibility as a leader by having one or two conversations per year related to development. Continue reading