Boss's Tip of the Day: Manage behavior and performance

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If you're a boss, you know that every day is a challenge to do better. This tip is based on the same research I used to develop my programs and the Working Supervisor's Support Kit .

Manage behavior and performance

All you can manage is what's observable. Since you can't see inside your team members' heads, you have to make do with what you can observe. You can manage performance: the measurable output of work. You can manage behavior: what people say and what they do. That's it.

If you have a copy of the Working Supervisor's Support Kit , you'll find more on this in the chapter titled "Karen's Problem."

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  • 3/10/2012 4:52 PM John Cousineau wrote:
    Wally: great point. To wit I'd note the value of metrics that show the causal connections between behaviors and outcomes. They amplify what's observable and raise the bar in terms of performance that's manageable. Trust this adds some value. - John
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    1. 3/12/2012 9:05 AM Wally Bock wrote:

      Thanks, John. That really sharpens the recommendation. If you've got metrics that apply, using them is a powerful way to describe where things are missing the mark and suggest how things should be different.

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