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Is It Time For A Peer-Reviewed Bonus System?


Incentive compensation systems often seem just as likely to disappoint employees as to motivate them. It lets me reward people that management may not always recognize,” employee Becky Neil told the Wall Street Journal. Overtime, however, HCL’s system sheds light on who employees believe are the real linchpins of the company and allows HCL’s management to make the needed equity adjustments.

The Difference between Strategists and Strategic Planners

In the CEO Afterlife

They are staffers, not line managers. The ramification of this incentive is easy to deduce. Internal Strategic Planning managers do the same thing. Strategic Planners collaborate with management to uncover strategic direction. Why don’t giant innovators like Apple, Google or Facebook have Strategic Planning Departments? I’ve met both over my long career as an executive, a consultant, and a board member.


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5 Keys to High-Impact Team Building

Chart Your Course

One such way to encourage friendly competition is by offering rewards and incentives in each team building activity. Google and other innovative companies show that giving employees time to work on personal projects motivates and contribute to their creative process. The fresh insight could give way to new perspectives and more innovative collaborations. Employee Engagement Human Resource Management Team Building team building teamwork

This Pharma Company Stays Innovative by Doing Two Things

Harvard Business

For industries that depend on innovation, sustaining it is a constant challenge. When one of us (Vivek) and his team launched Roivant Sciences in 2014 and began developing treatments for Alzheimer’s disease — they were determined to learn from the pharma industry’s innovation issues and build a more sustainable innovation engine. Roivant’s first response was to address misaligned incentives.

Making Progress Motivates Workers? Workshop for the Buffalo Niagara SHRM Conference 2012

Mike Cardus

Recognition; Incentives; Interpersonal Support; Support for Making Progress; Clear Goals The results of a multi-year study of hundreds of knowledge workers show that what most managers believe , they ranked Recognition as the greatest factor, is wrong. The greatest factor for motivation and innovation of employees is Support for Making Progress (The Progress Principle; Amabile 2011). More Information about the Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association 2012 Conference.

Complimentary Resource – Compensation Management in the Recovering Economy

Strategy Driven

Compensation Management in the Recovering Economy. Using incentive pay to drive retention and innovation. Download Plateau’s white paper, Compensation Management in the Recovering Economy , and understand why businesses that want to be prepared for growth during the recovery must take proactive steps now to build effective compensation solutions that encourage retention, productivity and growth. by Plateau Systems.

7 Tips for Embracing the 80/20 Rule With Employee Talent


I’m sure you’ve heard of the 80/20 Rule before, but have you ever thought seriously about its impact on your talent management initiatives? While the manager can get the discussion ball rolling using questions like “What are you learning here?”

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Simple Digital Technologies Can Reduce Health Care Costs

Harvard Business

More than two-thirds of large businesses now offer disease-management programs , but most of these are bricks-and-mortar services that can be converted to better-studied, cheaper, and more effective digital therapeutics. Innovating for Value in Health Care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now reimburses for digital therapeutics for diabetes prevention and management. Human resource management Technology Digital Article

Smart Ways To Enhance the Efficiency of Your Business

Strategy Driven

Every entrepreneur and business manager is constantly working to improve the efficiency of their business. Business efficiency entails maximizing your outputs from your input and making the most out of your resources.

How Leaders Can Fix a Negative Company Culture

Great Leadership By Dan

If it’s managers or staff who tend to reject requests or new policies, take some time to set firm boundaries and expectations: We expect you to accept new assignments, protocols, or crunch-time duties. And add incentives for going with the flow or above and beyond typical demands.

7 Qualities Of Outstanding Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Leadership is putting a face to management science. A good leader is an able manager. And an able manager is someone who can recruit, hire, train, and mentor. This preoccupation with acting more like a parent than a manager means that talent is not recognized, budgets go awry, and strategic alliances fail. They make sure that marketing efforts are producing enough leads and that sales managers are converting a reasonable percentage of these leads into sales.

Corporate Wellness Programs Lose Money

Harvard Business Review

PMPM, although that excludes incentives, consulting fees, internal staff costs, extra medical expenses, and several other items. Preventive Medicine, has achieved recognition from the Validation Institute (part of the Intel-GE joint venture called Care innovations) for reducing PPHs considerably faster than they would have fallen on their own. Human resource management Managing organizations Article

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2019 HR Leaders of the Year

HR Digest

The Human Resource industry has seen some significant changes in the last two decades. As the workplace ethos changed with technological advances and a new generation of workers, the focus has shifted to employee management and performance and productivity. “I

How to Get the Most Out of Your Executive Education

Harvard Business Review

They authentically want to be better innovators. These mid-career leaders and managers aren’t just seeking greater knowledge, they want to acquire greater skill. I’ve discovered that the summer short course is a great laboratory for learning how human capital revitalizes, renews and retools. Here’s the seven lessons managers and executives should consider as they invest in themselves: 1) Organizational impact matters as much as professional development.

Companies Should Take the Lead in Fixing the Middle-Skills Gap

Harvard Business Review

One-stops are the main federal vehicle for assisting unemployed workers, but they typically lack the resources or capabilities to focus on sector-specific needs. That will take leadership and innovation from various constituencies — business (individual firms, but especially industry associations), education, and labor — and targeted federal funding and incentives. Collaboration Human resources Managing people

The Myth of the Intrapreneur

Harvard Business

These products are all held up as legendary examples of the power of intrapreneurship — entrepreneurial creativity and innovation within large, established organizations. Since the term was coined in the 1980s, intrapreneurship has been sold to companies as a catch-all solution for fostering innovation. It’s been promoted to workers as a way to capture the creativity and excitement of entrepreneurship, but with more resources and less risk. xefstock2/Getty Images.

The Big Picture of Business – Business Success Checklist

Strategy Driven

Sometimes the difficulty of managing your time makes for a haphazard operation. An inefficient operation results in unproductive activities which often miss the point and worse yet, result in wasted time and wasted resources. It is important to identify swings and trends so that innovation can remain a strength of your business. Time management and “just in time” concepts are applied. Assets are adequately valued and managed.

The Big Picture of Business – Quality is Important for Business: Real Quality vs. Arbitrary Metrics

Strategy Driven

Quality is not something that managers assign others to achieve. Rather than assume all is wrong or right with an organization and take a defensive posture, management must view quality as essential to their economic survival or growth. It is not enough for management to endorse quality programs; they must actively participate. Willingness requires complete and never-ending commitment by management. Bad managers will fall by the wayside. Faster innovation.

Employee Engagement Articles

Chart Your Course

The Innovation Catalysts Harvard Business Review, June 2011. Economical Employee Engagement Human Resource Executive Online, January 2011. Keep On Engaging Incentive Magazine, December 2010. Employee Engagement in Tough Times Management Issues, October 2009. General Employee Engagement Articles. How to be Happy at Work Business Insider, July 2014. Three Ways to Actually Engage Your Employees HBR Blog Network, June 2014.

Retain Your Top Performers

Marshall Goldsmith

The new work contract – where employees take responsibility for their own careers and corporations provide them with career-enhancing but impermanent opportunities – can be as difficult for organizations to manage as it is for individuals. When I asked more than 2,000 managers from a variety of corporations, “What is the difference in contribution between a top performer and a below-average performer at the same pay-grade level?”

Southwest Airlines’ Julie Weber on What It Means To Create a Purpose-Driven Culture

HR Digest

A desire to act with courage, persevere and innovate; the ability to put others first, and a fun-LUVing attitude – these are the values that Southwest Airlines, the World’s Most Loved Airline, looks for in its employees and fosters through its talent management. I believe that Human Resources is my calling. We also have a great program for recognizing Employees doing good work in the moment with incentive-type awards. Living the Southwest Way!

Which Job Perks Do Employees Value?

HR Digest

job market the tightest it has been in half a century, human resources managers are struggling to attract and retain top talent. In a remarkable interview with The HR Digest, Capgemini North America’s Head of Talent, Kate Savage, discusses the value of promoting employee well-being through innovative and cost-effective initiatives. The HR Digest: How can SMBs with limited resources integrate employee benefits and perks? With the unemployment rate dropping to 3.6

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How Labor Standards Can Be Good for Growth

Harvard Business

Nike is a leading example of how both anti-sweatshop campaigns and labor standards in trade agreements can be good for innovation and growth in developing countries. To attract Nike’s business, Silver Star created a new set of human-resource policies, including the minimum-wage guarantee, health and old-age benefits, and an implicit promise to continue employing workers made redundant because of technological changes.

The Top Five Dashboards Every CFO Should Review Daily

The Kini Group

The CFO’s responsibilities have migrated far from the typical numbers focus and cost analysis to growth strategy, sales tactics, and even human resources. Are your sales incentives working? Monitoring sales performance is even more important if you’ve recently launched a new sales incentive program. Changes in resource costs. Then immediately alert your sales and/or account management team of the potential problem, and have them reach out to the customer.

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Pursuing Entrepreneurial Companies: Grad Advice | In the CEO.

In the CEO Afterlife

by John • April 11, 2011 • Human Resources , Strategy • 0 Comments. When a company has clout, there isn’t much incentive to re-invent. Sixty-five innovative operations - four in the state of California alone. EA says that would stifle innovation. The leaders of these companies aren’t ‘managing the store’; they’re building new stores. I’m guessing she does a good job managing a big store but think entrepreneurially?

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How Tribalism Hurts Companies, and What to Do About It

Harvard Business

Centers of expertise are set up to create long-range, big-picture, innovative strategies to assist client-facing, front-line employees who typically want immediate fixes for customer pain points. ” A lack of productive collaboration between teams is much more likely to be caused by clunky processes and structures, foggy communication, or misaligned incentives than to stem from from dwarves or Alexander Pushkin. Manage executive egos.

Stop Trying to Control How Ex-Employees Use Their Knowledge

Harvard Business Review

The free flow of workers between companies is central to economic growth and innovation. Although it might seem that greater control and stronger enforcement are beneficial—it is important for firms to protect key trade secrets, after all—the evidence shows that these changes critically undermine employee incentives to learn and innovate. Employees’ incentives to learn on the job are weaker if they cannot use that knowledge later in their careers.

Why We Need to Update Financial Reporting for the Digital Era

Harvard Business

Financial capital is assumed to be virtually unlimited, while certain types of human capital are in short supply. Digital companies, however, consider scientists’ and software workers’ and product development teams’ time to be the company’s most valuable resource. So, investors, and therefore managers, might be adjusting their approach to risk accordingly. Martin Konopka/EyeEm/Getty Images.


B-Schools Aren’t Bothering to Produce HR Experts

Harvard Business Review

And in the 1990s, our companies began to learn more from innovations at home, particularly in the area of high-performance work systems. There was compelling evidence that they paid off, too: Toyota management took over one of the worst plants in the General Motors system, in Fremont, California, and turned it into the best-performing plant in the U.S. Clearly, well-run operations and careful talent management went hand-in-glove. A few decades ago, U.S.

How the Navy SEALs Train for Leadership Excellence

Harvard Business Review

Human capital champions in higher education and industry typically prize knowledge over skills. Crassly put, leaders and managers get knowledge and education while training and skills go to those who do the work. ” When I see just how difficult and challenging it is for so many smart and talented organizations to innovate and adapt under pressure, I see people who are overeducated and undertrained.

Employee Engagement Drives Health Care Quality and Financial Returns

Harvard Business Review

Both are core criteria in meeting incentive goals under value-based purchasing. MedStar leaders also knew that improving employees’ engagement could not be a one-time or one-off activity — or, as one cynic referred to it, the human resources “flavor of the month.” One of MedStar’s areas of focus was to assure that the system had strong supervisors who could set clear goals and manage employees to them. Leading Health Care Innovation.

What Amazing Bosses Do Differently

Harvard Business Review

Yet in today’s rapidly evolving, 24/7 workplaces, it’s not always clear what managers should do to create the most satisfying work experiences and the happiest employees. If you supervise others, make sure you do the following: Manage individuals, not teams. But this is also the manager’s responsibility. You can’t rely on incentives like bonuses, stock options, or raises. It takes a careful mix of mission, management, and culture.

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How a Public-Private Partnership Is Saving Lives

Harvard Business Review

But if corporations join the public sector in recognizing that this problem is a convergence of societal, economic, and cultural factors and apply good management practices to address it, we can bend the curve. On one level, they need to learn and implement basic business essentials such as financial management and human resource development. These staples of management excellence are central to making progress. Pursue scientific innovation.

End the Religion of ROE

Harvard Business Review

He reasoned that if marketers worked on maximizing return on sales, production managers were rewarded for the sales they squeezed out of their physical plant, and finance managers focused on minimizing the amount of equity capital they needed, ROE would take care of itself. Financial managers, supported by their bankers, increased their debt-to-equity ratios until capital requirements were imposed—oops, we mean until there was a catastrophic financial crash and a depression.

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How to Design a Bundled Payment Around Value

Harvard Business Review

The procedures and resources in the bundle would include pre-op appointment and testing, use of the operating room and facility services on day of surgery, surgeon, anesthesiologist and support staff, clinic visits, in-hospital drug and laboratory tests, and post-surgical physical therapy. Such outcome-based guarantees and incentives are rare in traditional top-down bundled-payment contracts created without the input of frontline physicians. Leading Health Care Innovation.

The Rebirth of the CMO

Harvard Business Review

To stitch it all together meaningfully, CMOs are increasingly expected to act as general managers with P&L or shared/shadow P&L responsibility that drive revenue growth. That helped account managers focus their pitch on the client’s business issues and build rapport. The CMO also worked with the finance office and product managers to link pricing and benchmark data into the RFP process, which improved quality and response times.