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The Terrible Management Technique That Cost Microsoft Its Creativity

The Terrible Management Technique That Cost Microsoft Its Creativity
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Microsoft’s Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant Eichenwald’s conversations reveal that a management system known as “stack ranking”—a program that forces every unit to declare a certain percentage of employees as top performers, good performers, average, and poor—effectively crippled Microsoft’s ability to innovate. “Every current and former Microsoft employee I interviewed—every one—cited stack ranking as the most destructive process inside of Microsoft, something that drove out untold numbers of employees,” Eichenwald writes. “If you were on a team of 10 people, you walked in the first day knowing that, no matter how good everyone was, 2 people were going to get a great review, 7 were going to get mediocre reviews, and 1 was going to get a terrible review,” says a former software developer. According to Eichenwald, Microsoft had a prototype e-reader ready to go in 1998, but when the technology group presented it to Bill Gates he promptly gave it a thumbs-down, saying it wasn’t right for Microsoft.

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What Doesn't Motivate Creativity Can Kill It - Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer by Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer | 9:49 AM April 25, 2012 Management is widely viewed as a foe of innovation. The thinking goes that too much management strangles innovation (just let a thousand flowers bloom!). More than three decades of research have shown that people are most likely to be creative when they’re intrinsically motivated by the interest, enjoyment, satisfaction, and challenge of the work itself. Savvy managers know how to balance four factors, to properly motivate creativity and, ultimately, innovation: Goals Creativity suffers when strategic goals are too loose, and when creators are too tightly constrained in how they accomplish those goals. Evaluation In our research inside organizations, we have often observed reduced creativity under conditions of strong evaluation pressure. Reward We all need equitable, sufficiently generous compensation for our work, to avoid the distraction of financial worries, and to feel that we (and our work) are valued by our organizations.

Freelancing: A 6-Month Retrospective - Mike Rooney At the end of 2011 I quit my full-time job to pursue part-time freelancing in order to have more time and flexibility. It has now been 6 full months, so I’m writing this retrospective post in order to evaluate my progress and make improvements. Hopefully it will be useful or interesting to others! In short, I felt that given a finite lifespan, there were more fulfilling and enjoyable ways to spend some of my healthiest years than 40+ hour weeks in an office. More specifically, there were a few activities I wanted to spend more time doing: cooking, climbing, yoga, and Zen practice. In review, here are the numbers between then and now: hours worked/week: 40-50 => 16-20estimated vacation per year: 4 weeks => 12 weeksmeals cooked/day: ~0.7 => 2+daily Zen practice (zazen): 15 minutes => 70 minutes, plus ~1 day a week at the Fire Lotus Templeweekly climbing / yoga: 0 => 2monthly income: unchanged! The first step was quitting my job, of course. I’ll tackle the money and time issues separately. Time

Innovation Governance: Model and Scope | inQuid Business innovation is a very vital ingredient in the performance of a business. It determines what kind of products or services a business gives the market, and how the clients respond to it. Innovation is also used to set a competitive pace within the industry where less innovative firms are rendered obsolete. This is to say that, innovation is at the core of organizational development. So, how can a business integrate this activity into its processes for a successful venture? Businesses need to first have an in-depth understanding of scope of innovation. Innovation governance This is a system of mechanisms that are used to align goals, allocate resources, and designate decision making authority for innovation, within the company and with external parties . Innovation is a major determinant of growth and must hence be given the attention and capital it requires. It is a process Current management techniques Possible management approaches

Career Advice: Keep the Boss Happy My recent column, 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses, drew a flood of responses. But there's one thing I didn't mention: An extraordinary boss communicates his expectations clearly to his team. That way, everyone understands what it will take to make your company succeed. With that in mind: If you are the boss, you'll want to share this column with your team, because it will make your job a heck of a lot easier. And if by chance you're not the boss, memorize this column–because it contains the key to long-term success. Here are the rules for keeping your boss happy: 1. Your boss wants to trust you. 2. The secret fear of every boss is that employees are screwing up but are not saying anything about it. 3. Your boss wants to believe you're competent and on top of things. 4. Bosses appreciate individuals who truly care about what they do and willing to take the time to achieve a deep understanding of their craft. 5. 6. Complainers are the bane of your boss's existence. 7. 8.

Start Moving! Sitting Can Reduce Your Life Expectancy [STUDY] If you're sitting at a desk reading this on a computer screen, take note: reducing sedentary behaviors like sitting and watching TV may have the potential to increase your life expectancy, even if you get regular exercise. According to a study published in the online journal BMJ Open if you sit for more than three hours a day, your life expectancy is lowered by about two years. Throwing in a few hours of watching TV can add another 1.4 years. SEE ALSO: Fitness App Lets Charities Cash in on Your Exercise Routine That's enough to make someone stand up and take note! A recent study by Australia’s Sax Institute says even with exercise, sitting down for several hours a day could bring you to an early grave. Another study reported tracked 123,000 Americans and found the death rate for those who spent six or more hours a day sitting was 20% higher than for men who sat for three hours or less. SEE ALSO: Walk at Work: Treadmill Desk Could Make You Envy of Office So what can you do to get moving?

Life Lessons From Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests. He was a writer (often using a pseudonym), publisher, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His inventions included the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove. Franklin was responsible for establishing the first public library, organizing fire fighters in Philadelphia, was one of the early supporters of mutual insurance and crossed the Atlantic eight times. Benjamin Franklin was clearly a man who knew how to get things done. 14 Action Inducing LessonsLess Talk, More Action “Well done is better than well said.”Talk is cheap. “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” This is probably one of the first quotes I remember hearing as a teenager. Be Prepared “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” You need a plan to accomplish your goals. Don’t Fight Change “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” Wise Up

10 Startups to Watch in 2014 If you only focus on the multi-billion dollar valuations of young companies like Pinterest, Uber and Snapchat, you might assume 2013 has been a very good year for tech startups. In reality, it has been more of a bittersweet year. Many early-stage companies struggled to raise a Series A rounds of funding, a phenomenon commonly referred to as the "Series A Crunch," which for some meant to fight for their survival. Meanwhile, several later-stage companies like Fab and Rdio laid off large portions of their staff to rein in costs. Even so, plenty of promising startups raised funds and launched (or teased) exciting features this year in markets ranging from mobile payments to media. We've rounded up a few notable startups that have the capital, talent or ideas — often all three — to succeed. 1. Circa launched its iPhone app in late 2012 with the goal of rethinking the breaking news experience for the mobile era. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Image: Mashable composite. iStock, designaart

Management Innovations For The Future Of Innovation The emergence of Open Innovation means, among other things, that innovation management will become more collaborative and that business model innovation will become as important as technological innovation. This author, who coined the term Open Innovation and literally wrote the book on it, has excellent advice for readers hose who study innovation often can be overwhelmed by the variety and speed at which clever new products and services come into the market. But it is helpful to take a step back from these myriad innovations to reflect on the evolution not only of the technologies themselves but also the processes used to create, develop and manage them. Let’s look back in time at previous management innovations to gain some perspective. In the 1970s, the success of the Apollo missions to the moon spurred a management innovation in project management. What about the most recent decade just ended? First, innovation management will become more collaborative.