Monthly Archives: May 2015

JD Gets Real: Why Positive Reinforcement Doesn’t Work

Talent management often seeks to enhance productivity and performance by eliminating undesirable behaviors. Most businesses today seem to rely on the traditional methods of positive and negative reinforcements to accomplish this, such as raises, performance reviews, write-ups, disciplinary actions, and firing employees who do not perform to satisfaction. I have an hour-long commute to work … Continue reading JD Gets Real: Why Positive Reinforcement Doesn’t Work

An Open Book: Getting Things Done, David Allen

I listened to David read his book on an audiobook format on my commute to and from work. The book is very well laid out and written, with actual action steps and great tips and tricks for getting things done. I was actually amazed at how many of the ‘tricks’ I already do naturally, but … Continue reading An Open Book: Getting Things Done, David Allen

JD Gets Down to Business: 3 Ways to Resist Analysis Paralysis

Analysis Paralysis is a phrase many of us are probably familiar with. It is basically the tendency for individuals or organizations to become so bogged down in and wrapped up with the analysis of data, that actions are not being taken and decisions are not being made. Growth and improvement, especially in business processes, can … Continue reading JD Gets Down to Business: 3 Ways to Resist Analysis Paralysis

JD Gets Down to Business: Why and So What?

The first step to solving any problem, especially one relating to performance, is to determine the root cause. Far too often, business leaders and managers focus so much on the results of poor performance, they are unable to dig deep enough to discover the core issue. In Six Sigma, practitioners often use a model called … Continue reading JD Gets Down to Business: Why and So What?