Throw out the annual target setting scheme, it’s disconnected to strategy anyway.

Again and again, we wrestle with the disconnect between strategy and our performance measurement systems.

Often our strategy is aimed at lofty and aspirational goals such as growing our business profitably and sustainably. However, we we sit down to define our annual targets we start to get into a negotiation process of what those annual goals are. On occasion, we argue (validly, of course) that this coming year’s goal will need to be softer than before – because the market situation is a lot tougher than we expect / our new product launch cycle is running behind, etc. So grudgingly, we agree that this coming year the targets would be softer or lower than the preceding year. As ever, we promise that the year after this, it would be better. Well, let’s see.

What happened to growing our business profitably and sustainably?

This is an example of how current performance measurement systems we implement are so disconnected with strategy at best, and downright value destroying at worst.

Some would argue that we should negotiate harder to reflect these strategic goals into the performance measurements. Unfortunately, this is an exercise that ties up valuable management resource and creates dissatisfaction. Worse, it can create resentment of the original strategic goals because we believe that those goals are impossible. And thus we breed this thinking internally.

This is why such performance measurement systems have to go. What is the solution? I will post about this later. For now, do give me your comments.

Productivity 2.0: How the New Rules of Work Are Changing the Game | Zen Habits

source site – Productivity 2.0: How the New Rules of Work Are Changing the Game | Zen Habits

For years, books and articles and blogs on productivity have been showing us how to be more productive: crank out the tasks, multi-task, work faster, be organized.

In short, they’ve taught us to be a good part of a corporation that wants more out of us. But that’s old-school productivity, or Productivity 1.0.

Today let’s take a look at Productivity 2.0: a new set of rules have changed everything for the workers of the world. Don’t crank out tasks — learn to work with a deeper focus. Don’t plan and hold meetings and form committees — just launch the software or product or service and keep improving it. Don’t spend time organizing — you’ve got more important things to worry about.

it is good to re-look at the way we work nowadays. more and more productivity increases are coming from leveraging on the strength and diversity of our connected communities. never before in our history has the ability to access a wealth of talent and ideas been at our finger tips.

Internet tools to help you never forget anything again

source site – How to Never Forget Anything Again – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss

The human brain is a wonderful thing, but it’s a bit faulty as a tool for remembering things. Luckily for us (and for our frazzled brains), technology has stepped in to help out.

With the proper habits and the right tools, you and your brain won’t have to remember a thing again.

There are a host of tech tools that can help with taking notes, managing projects and to-dos, and manage your email and calendar needs just fine. Though I’ll include the best choices below, these tools are just one piece of the puzzle. There are more elegant methods (ever scheduled something in Google Calendar via voicemail?)…

this article gives some tips on using some internet based tools like gmail, google calendar and others to help you to remember things. it also describes how some behavioural change is needed to ensure that these tools provide you with the optimal benefits.

Do more of, do less of

I’ve been thinking of an idea that could hopefully help me and indirectly others improve on personal behaviours. This idea is based on something I learned in some of the leadership courses I’ve attended in the past. It relates to looking at yourself from another person’s perspective and evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. It looks to identify areas for improvements by specifically listing out the things (or behaviours) I should do more of, and the things I should do less of, and the things I should continue doing.

So in this vein, I’d put down the following as things I should do more of:

  • pay attention to the people closest to me: make sure that eye contact and interest is genuine when communicating with them

I will add more as I go along. Also would like to see whether this can be done on a separate website.