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A Year in Review

As we march headlong into the new year we have probably had, or are about to have, the dreaded annual performance review. The truth be told that here at Optimize we are not big fans of the one-off annual performance appraisal although we are very strong advocates of recognizing and addressing performance. The problem with one off performance reviews are significant: • Employees need and want...

What’s in a Label?

As regular readers know, we have issues with the labels that people give others – labels make it too easy to put someone or a group of people in a box. It is also often a convenient way to ascribe someone’s actions or thoughts without determining the potential complexity that sits behind those actions and thoughts. As an example, a popular choice in many companies has been the adoption and...

Vive Le Tour

As the Tour de France grinds its way through the mountains in the second week we were considering it as a metaphor for life, for business life and for our careers. Watching these elite athletes perform at optimum levels through the toughest test in the cycling calendar is impressive to say the least. Clearly the sport has suffered its fair share of bad publicity over the years but nevertheless it...

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