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Why Good Managers Are So Rare - HBR Blog Network

Posted March 18, 2014

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What are the top traits of great managers, managers who drive organizational performance?  Gallop identified the five top characteristics and determined that only ten percent of people have them. 

To tickle your curiosity, see an HBR article that discusses the Gallop data and HBR’s recommendations for using  this knowledge to develop and hold competitive  advantage. 

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Why Good Managers Are So Rare - HBR Blog Network

by Randall Beck and James Harter 

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Posted April 1, 2014

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New York Times Op Ed writer David Brooks recently wrote about the “Employer’s Creed”.  The piece resonated deeply with me.  See if you agree.  To tickle your curiosities see the excerpts below.  To capture the wisdom and power of David’s thoughts, access the full article.


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If you follow these principles in your hiring practices, you’ll be sending a signal about what sort of person gets ahead. You may correct some of the perversities at the upper reaches ...

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Clumsy Feedback Is a Poorly Wrapped Gift - HBR

Posted April 17, 2014

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In a recent blog post on HBR, organizational psychologist Roger Schwartz  provides exceptional advice on embracing negative  feedback in ways that ultimately  enhance   one’s own performance.

He writes, “When you accept a person’s gift [of feedback] – no matter how poorly wrapped – by responding with curiosity and compassion, you are giving a gift in return. You are creating the trust needed to talk about things that really matter and that will lead to better results....

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