Why will some people succeed while others fail? If you have ever participated in a team sport as a youngster you might recall that some players always got to play more than others. These players where often those with the best skills and therefore the coaches preferred them over other less skilled players. As a result, these players would become better and the others had to work harder and often failed to improve in order to catch a spot on the team. This effect could be caused by something called the self-fulfilling prophecy.
How do you explain someone actions and how do you explain your own actions? If you give it some thought you might acknowledge that how you explain them are very different. For example, someone is late to work because they are lazy or because something happened on the way to work? How you understand your and others actions will alter how people are perceived.
What performance do you as an employer expect from your employees? What is performance? Some performance is objective, the flight arrived on time, did not arrive on time. Others are subjective, behavior and how to handle unmotivated employees. In order to have optimal performance, what factors must be involved? A performance equation can help you understand it.
In Norway there are now thousands of people in the public sector on strike and the parts involved are miles apart. The power of unions in Norway are very strong so they have decided to take people out of work to faster reach an agreement. This is how the Norwegian model work, power is equal. A question came to me when hearing about this, does unions actually improve work in terms of organizational performance and employment practices?
A florist needs to care for his or her plants to make a living. Think of flowers as a florists employees. You yourself most likely have flowers, if not at home you might have it at your workplace. Having flowers that don’t dry up requires you to give them nutrition, and not forgetting it e.g. assign a bad system of care for your plants.
This famous quote from the author of the 7 habits of highly effective people sums it up:
“If you put good people in bad systems you get bad results. You have to water the flowers you want to grow.” — Stephen Covey
One might think that if there is anyone we shouldn’t be gaining knowledge from at the moment it is the Greeks. That is true considering the current economic situation, but Greece has a long history, a history of leadership and democracy.