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    Very interesting article Clint. Thanks for posting the links. I especially liked this excerpt:
    A good portion of the Vanity Fair article was devoted to Microsoft's practice of stack ranking. Stack ranking undercuts morale and causes many loyal workers to seek employment elsewhere. Stack ranking is exactly what its name implies: In a team of workers, it's predetermined that a certain percentage will receive excellent reviews, the majority will get a middling/mediocre review, and a remaining small percentage -- roughly 10 percent -- will get a failing review, causing them to be put on probation or even terminated.

    Microsoft employees are upset -- and rightfully so -- that the ranking system mandates certain numbers of people will excel while others are doomed to be assigned a failing grade, whether they deserve it or not.

    To put it bluntly, stack ranking is rank! Whoever had this idea ought to get an "F" in his/her next performance review, because it stinks. It certainly does nothing to motivate workers, and in fact it could damage their performance. Microsoft needs to cancel stack ranking immediately
    The company I retired from put a similar policy in effect and it had a very negative impact on morale. It was one of the reasons I retired early.

    Jerry

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    Employee rankings is beset by a blizzard of management fads. Senior leaders love them as a way of explaining complex reality. Technology, even 40 year old tech, throws information at leaders faster than they can digest it. There is an entire corporate and government culture dedicated to reducing warp drive physics to three bullet slides. Truly great corporate leaders.. LEAD their organizations rather than being run by them. Consultants know that everyone else has to be led. The CEO can say "I had a consultant in" just to say that they did so. Vision statements are published just to say that there is one. How to manage those pesky resources that keep getting in the way and draining profits...called employees.... is becoming and art form.

    ALL companies go poof at some point. Even Microsoft and Apple will fade and disappear. We judge success by how much the share holders make, not by what the customers think. Customers simply get in the way... so companies have to outsource an expense ... called customer service...or information security .. so that the share prices will not be downwardly impacted. Companies can sell you a great PC or basket of fruit.. makes no difference to them.

    (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/wo...owerpoint.html)

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