Have you ever thought that by completing employee performance reviews you could become a better leader, and in return, foster a better company? A few months ago, during an employee performance review, a few questions came to me that I don’t usually ask. The answers shocked me!
Chickens live in flocks. All flocks of domestic chickens will establish a pecking order—a hierarchy establishing status and used to maintain control over the flock. For centuries, this top-down hierarchy has been observed and we’ve seen it implemented throughout human history from social status to military ranks and even within the workplace. Being the youngest of ten children, this environment of hierarchy is easily relatable to me. But does this top-down power flow breed the greatest environment for creativity and production within your company?
It is a simple question about perspective. I have been on both ends. I remember the days of being a poor student struggling to keep a dime in the checking account. The anticipation for that paycheck from the part-time job that I fit into the evenings between ten hours of school and four more hours of studying before my face hit the pillow, was like water in the desert. I longed for it, I needed it, and I couldn’t wait to have it, because I HAD to have it to survive.
How awesome would it be to watch production increase in such a way that it feels like magic? “Automagically” is a portmanteau of “automatically” and “magically.” It’s used to describe an action or result that happens automatically in such a complicated-but-hidden way that it is no longer obvious how it works at all; the behavior seems magical. Implementing an automated reward system is your way to automagically increase production.
Have you ever tried to drink from a fire hose? Of course not, right, they were obviously not designed to be drinking fountains. In fact, it’s insane how much water those things put out per minute. Even if you ran a thousand miles a day, it’s still more water than you could drink. You know that saying, “the more the better”? Well, it doesn’t always apply. For instance, it doesn’t apply to business data.