Friday, March 15, 2013

Staff Expectations....what business can learn from the Australian Cricket Team

A brilliant blog today from a colleague of mine Michael Peiniger, leadership & team building consultant, on standards in the workplace and the need, like parenting, to follow through and enforce corporate standards when they are broken.

Michael says "If any team is going to try and achieve success and become a high performing team, then an appropriate behaviour standard not only has to be agreed and set, it also needs to be maintained."

He has a 4 step process for creating a standard for a team.

1. Clearly identify the behaviour standard you want to set,
2. Ensure you are meeting the standard yourself,
3. Communicate the standard to all team members, ensuring they understand the ‘why’, and
4. Enforce the standard

Read the full blog post here

What do you think??

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Want to get more done? Try handing your Inbox over to someone else!

An article in the Stanford News [Stanford University's own newspaper] earlier this month has caught my eye.

According to Stanford computer scientists, "experiments show that email users are happy to allow a stranger to access practically all of their incoming emails if it boosts their productivity".

The research found that in the experimental environment, with assistant use, users completed twice as many email tasks than without assistants.

This research is an interesting take on options to tackle the growing problem of email overload.

Read the article here
Read the research paper here

Love to know what you think...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Virgin & Yahoo - Human Vs Data

Interesting comparision of perspectives.
Richard Branson commented on the actions of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer telling remote workers to start working from the office or leave the company.

Two perspectives - Branson's view - trusting your people - a hallmark of Virgin's success in business.
Mayers view - based primarily on data logs from Yahoo's VPN [virtual private network].

Read Branson's view here
Read Mayer's view here

So is there a right or wrong answer, a middle ground or do you think we need to evaluate each organisation on it's own rather than all or nothing?

My thoughts....a combination of middle ground taking into account each organisation.

What's your view?