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Performance Management: How Bell Curve Got Screwed

Bell curve is well known, rather infamous. Now junked by many companies, it seemed very good way to improve organization performance management. It helped to ensure that performance ratings are well differentiated. It helped to reward the high performers and weed out the non-performers. First let us look at its origin and how it ended… Read More »

Harvard Is Wrong About Performance Appraisal. And, You Don’t Care ?

I stumbled upon an article in Harvard Business Review about appraisal – “Let’s Abolish Self Appraisal”. Totally shocked to read it. The gist is –  Managers know the best. Since they know what rating to give, there is no need for self appraisal. Just pronounce the rating and close the meeting. In self appraisal, employees make false… Read More »

4 Golden Rules of Organization Design: Do not Ruin Your Company By Creating Unnecessary Roles

As company grows, people grow in titles, salary etc. At some point, the growth slows. You will be tempted to create opportunities to keep people happy. Is it good thing to do ? Never Ever !! 4 Golden Rules To Follow While Creating New Roles: If the role does not add business value, do not create… Read More »

Potential Next Move-Where Do You Fit? 5 Things to Do Even if You Are A Loyal Employee

Spent 10 years in one company. Had great moments together. Became expert in the domain. Also you have grown to managerial role. What If Your Company Does Not Need You? Floated Resume. But got no responses. what is wrong? For the open roles outside, you are a wrong fit. Every company’s structure is different and… Read More »

Product Marketing Manager: The Job of Showing The Money

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

One of the key jobs of the product manager is to make the business case. She is passionate about a new service OVES. She has put in lot of effort to understand similar services, upcoming ones in market, think of differentiating features, estimating revenue potential and so on. For the project, she is going to do… Read More »

The project OVES

This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

Let us talk about the project OVES being executed in ‘Polar Light’ stated in this post. There is browser based video editor. If you access your account in polar lights site, you will get to the editor. And you can install tools on your laptop if you want. Hidden in this process is the cloud… Read More »

Org Structure Casestudy: A Technology Company

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

The organization chart: This is an imaginary company – PolarLight Inc. The company is into video based products and services. It has many products and services. It has many sets of products. The products are sold as individual products. They are also sold as group of multiple products together as solutions. The org chart shows:… Read More »

Middle Management Roles: The Intended Audience

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

As I mentioned this is to bring clarity to the life of middle management professional under any title. There are many issues faced only at middle management level. There are many universal issues across geographies and industries. There are issues specific to industry, career stage and geography. I hope to trigger thoughts and get insights from:… Read More »

Middle Management Roles: Described Like Never Before

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

What is the job description of a software engineer? Software development. How much does it vary with the company? Very little. How about the job of a CEO? How much does it vary with the company? Very little. How about middle management? It is lot more complex: Many different titles and job descriptions. Different job descriptions for… Read More »