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Learning as Punishment—Sound Engaging?

January 18, 2012
I got in trouble a few times in eighth grade. I didn’t break any big rules and never, as far as I know, had anything documented on my permanent record. There’s one punishment I haven’t forgotten. I had to write a paper over a fall weekend and turn it in on time. I met the deadline, but had to miss a Pittsburgh Steelers game. That hurt. But that’s all I remember—not what I did wrong or what I learned.
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How Do We Convince Execs Who Are Skeptical of Performance Management?

January 4, 2012
We have no performance review or assessment procedure in place. How do I convince executives who think “that stuff” is unnecessary that it actually benefits our organization, particularly for staff who don't receive much recognition for a job well-done or guidance on a job not-so-well-done? —Voice in the Wilderness, director of customer relations, mining/oil/gas, Georgia
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Ready for the Next New Deal?

November 29, 2011
Don't be surprised if the U.S. decides to launch the Next New Deal in the next few years. And if it does, will your company be prepared for a tighter labor market and renewed growth?
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How Do We Turn Engineers Into Managers?

November 29, 2011
We have terrific engineers who are highly skilled and highly motivated. When it comes to leadership, however, most do a lousy job making the transition. This is despite the fact that we offer established leadership programs. Is there anything we can do differently? —Engineering a Change, organizational development specialist, manufacturing, North Carolina
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