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Knowledge Worker: Goal Clarity

Knowledge Worker: Goal Clarity

I have been thinking about goal clarity lately and, in this month’s column, I will share that thinking. You do not have to look very far to note that many writers emphasize the importance of goal clarity with respect to workplace goals and objectives.

Knowledge Worker: The Performance Sweet Spot

Knowledge Worker: The Performance Sweet Spot

When goals are matched by appropriate actions, there is alignment between the two. When conditions are conducive to performing as expected, there is support for those actions. When the performer receives accurate, timely feedback about progress and achievement, control of performance is enabled.

Task Analysis–Life

Task Analysis–Life

As performance improvement professionals, we know how important it is to complete a thorough task analysis before prescribing a solution. Within the workplace, we have several of references and stakeholders to help us do this. What if we conducted a task analysis of living? What are our references and where would we start?

Knowledge Worker: “Where the heck are the schematics?”

Knowledge Worker: “Where the heck are the schematics?”

Imagine yourself as a technician who has just been asked to diagnose and repair a very large and complicated system that is not working properly. To your dismay, you learn that you will not be provided with any manuals, test equipment, or schematics of that system–the major tools of your trade. In addition, your access to its subsystems is limited and in some cases denied. In short, your hands are tied and your task is well-nigh impossible.

Knowledge Worker: SME as LCS

Knowledge Worker: SME as LCS

If you read last month’s column, you know that “SME” refers to “self-managed employee.” In the title of this month’s column, “LCS” stands for “living control system,” a term coined by William T. Powers. This column takes a look at SMEs as living control systems, and it uses a model of human behavior based on Powers’ perceptual control theory (PCT) to do so.

Chapter Corner: Prepare for Next Year Early: Strategic Financial Planning

Chapter Corner: Prepare for Next Year Early: Strategic Financial Planning

In September, I shared how chapters could avoid being in problem-solving mode by spending more time with upfront planning and even orchestrating how your board and committees serve professionals. Many chapters have annual one-day planning meetings in which the president invites the board, committee members, sponsoring organizations, and interested members to partake in critical discussions to revisit the vision and mission, conduct high-level analyses, and design goals and tactics for communications, finance, membership, programming, and public relations.

How Do You Define Success?

How Do You Define Success?

“Success” seems to be the magic word for what we chase after, prepare for, choose, desire. It’s how we often define our lives.