Is “making teams better” the new holy grail of performance analytics?
Fresh from the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, HBR blogger and MIT Research Fellow Michael Schrage notes that one of the top themes of the event was how to move beyond the Moneyball-like era of predicting and assessing individual performance and focusing on teamness.
More quantitative attention is being paid to how well players improve the in-game performances of their teammates. Are their particular game situations where their positive — or negative — influence is statistically pronounced?
Can that impact be meaningfully correlated with psychological attributes or other behavioral characteristics? Indeed, how can the coaches improve the TQ — Teamness Quotient — of their players’ performances? Read more…
Here are some commonplace interview questions:
- What attracted you to this job?
- What did you like best and least about your last job?
- What do you know about our company and industry?
These kinds of questions are likely to get you rehearsed answers rather than the information you’re really looking for — what motivates the applicant, how they persevere in the face of difficulties, and how the challenges they’ve faced have shaped their thinking and behavior. Read more…
Everyone should have the experience of getting a few rejection letters sometime in their lives.
I was thinking about this today because, a) I have gotten my fair share of them over the years; and, b) I was amused by this recent blog post in Mental Floss about 10 Rejection Letters Sent to Famous People.
Just the names of the people who got these rejection letters should make you sit up and take notice: Bono, Andy Warhol, Madonna, Kurt Vonnegut, Tim Burton, Steig Larsson (author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Millennium trilogy), and Hunter S. Thompson, among others. Read more…
By Howard Mavity
Leadership lessons from the military do not necessarily translate to the private sector.
I am uncomfortable with business books which continually analogize the workplace to the battlefield. It’s not the same thing. However, there is an enormous amount of wisdom to be gleaned from those who have served.
As an example, Forbes recently ran a piece by Kevin Kruse discussing the need to be open and authentic with employees, How One former Navy SEAL Modulates Authentic Leadership. Read more…
There is a discussion on LinkedIn titled As a Leader, do you hear less of the truth from your team?
As I am writing this, there are 105 responses. I have been seeing this on my weekly feed for some time, and each time I see it, it bothers me. Perhaps it’s time to explore why.
Fundamentally I am bothered by a sense that truth is growing more and more elusive. Read more…
Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday
As I am preparing for a session next week with an executive team on Leading Transformation, I got thinking about what blocks organizations from getting done what they intend.
What blocks their business growth? What keeps them from executing decisively on new things?
Very often it’s a realization that the people you have sitting around the table are not the ones you need to take the business where it needs to go. Read more…
According to a recent study by CareerBuilder, 1 out of every 5 workers is planning to leave their job in 2014.
That’s a lot of disengaged employees.
After digging into the data, you find it’s not because these workers want a higher salary. Even though salary is important and makes up a large percentage (66 percent) of why people said they are dissatisfied with their current job, respondents were just as likely to attribute dissatisfaction to not feeling valued (65 percent). Read more…
How often have you heard this scenario?
A business loses an important employee and goes into recruiting mode. Time to update (or sometimes create) the job description and post it on Monster.com, LinkedIn, local paper, etc.
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. Too many businesses operate this way when it comes to recruiting.
You know who doesn’t operate this way? Your more successful competitors. Read more…
Vacation time in America has practically become a cultural oxymoron.
Sharpening both sides of this double-edged sword, Cadillac ran a remarkably tongue-in-cheek commercial during this year’s Super Bowl that continues to run during expensive ad slots like Sunday night’s Academy Awards.
Rather than summarize it, just give it a quick watch, and ask yourself: is Cadillac right? Is our seeming workaholic American mentality really the path to great success and happiness? Or are we legitimately mocked by our non-American friends’ proclamations that we foolishly “live to work” instead of “work to live?”
Click past the break to watch the video and read more. Read more…
The most famous pizza delivery guy in America this week, Edgar Martirosyan, caught a fortunate break when Ellen DeGeneres called in an order Sunday night for some hungry celebrities over at the Academy Awards in Hollywood.
Since then, Edgar has made appearances on CNN, Inside Edition and numerous other media outlets. Perhaps the most valuable praise and support he’s received though, came from his colleagues at Big Mama’s and Papa’s, who were thrilled to congratulate him back at the shop.
Having co-workers who support and celebrate achievements like Edgar’s make all the difference between a successful team and a colossal mess. Read more…