Building A Culture That Leads To High Performance

Organizations must balance between tactical and adaptive performance in order to get high performance. Lindsay McGregor and her team researched the factors and science for high performance in organizations. What matters most are: How individual roles are designed, How performance management systems are shaped, How teams work together within an organization, Leaders that help each team member find play, purpose, and potential in their work.

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A Kinder, Gentler Microsoft Is Replacing Feedback With “Perspectives”

Microsoft is redesigning it’s feedback system to be less intimidating, and to prompt conversations that feel more like coaching than reviews. Since people are naturally less inclined to seek out bad news, the new system “Perspectives” is designed to help members of the organization to learn how to do it in a structured way.

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Written by Oliver Staley, published by Quartz

12 “Manager READMEs” From Silicon Valley’s Top Tech Companies

What does tech management at Slack, HubSpot, Netflix, Etsy, Shopify, InVision, and more have in common? A lot, apparently!

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Written by Brennan McEachran, published on Medium

Digital Isn’t Software, It’s A Mindset

Aaron Dignan talks through how companies can have the right mindset to thrive in the future: It’s good to have a purpose, a process to support it, the right people, and (most importantly) these need to be combined to make products that serve a community larger than any employee or organization.

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Watch 53 min video, published by 99U

Ideo Redesigns The Dreaded Annual Review

No one likes annual reviews: They’re structured, overly formal, and they make it difficult to get real feedback that you can act upon. Here’s how Design firm IDEO helped redesign the process in a highly hierarchal and performance oriented setting.

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Written by Katharine Schwab, published by Co.Design

How to Level Up One on Ones with Your Team

Great one on one meetings have the power to transform a relationship between an employee and a manager. And by transforming individual relationships, we can evolve our team and organizational cultures as well.

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Written and published by NOBL Collective

Org Physics: The Three Faces Of Every Company

Every organization has three kinds of power, and three forms of leadership, three structures. This is not a menu. They are part of organizational physics — universal laws that apply to every organization, large or small, old or new, for profit or social.

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Written by Niels Pflaeging, published on Medium

Are Tough Conversations The Kindest?

Practicing radical honesty involves giving colleagues direct honest feedback face-to-face and in a timely and respectful manner. Rather than undermining a team’s unity, it can help build trust, respect, and understanding between people, which in turn helps solve problems and diffuses tensions.

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Written by Michelle McQuaid, published by Psychology Today

Overcoming The 5 Dysfunctions Of A Team

Effective teamwork ultimately comes down to practicing a small set of principles (not a sophisticated theory) over a long period of time with uncommon levels of discipline and persistence.

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Written for The Mission, published on Medium

Why Company Culture Is Crucial

Dharmesh Shah, co-founder and CTO at the marketing and sales software firm HubSpot, distills the company’s 128-slide presentation on company culture down to its essence, describing it as a business’s “operating system” that lets people do their best work. Shah says entrepreneurs must create a company culture they love, because one will eventually emerge no matter what.

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