The Table Group: Institutionalization vs. Bureaucracy

By: Pat Lencioni Institutionalization vs. Bureaucracy June 2016 Whenever I speak to a group of executives about organizational health, I explain that leaders must “institutionalize a company’s culture without bureaucratizing it.” People universally respond to this, most likely because they understand the painful impact of creeping bureaucracy. But what is it about bureaucracy that provokes[…]

Harvard Business Review: Why Strategy Execution Unravels-and What to Do About It

Why Strategy Execution Unravels-and What to Do About It BC-HBR-COMPLETE-STRATEGY-UNRAVELS-NYTSF Donald Sull, Rebecca Homkes and Charles Sull © 2015 Harvard Business School Publishing Corp. From Harvard Business Review Distributed by The New York Times Syndicate Since Michael Porter’s seminal work in the 1980s we have had a clear and widely accepted definition of what strategy[…]

Goals Matter

In a recent Harvard Business Review report, only 42% of companies measure employee progress toward their goals but 100% of companies with higher-performing employees have a formal linkage between corporate and individual goals. The struggles with strategic execution and alignment ring true for so many businesses, and the solutions that exist in the market today[…]

Evolving Performance Management

Quite simply, organizations, managers and employees are running out of patience with the inability of performance management to deliver on its promise of aligning individual performance and development with business strategy. Particularly as business leaders think about the return on investment, the consensus is that today’s performance management programs aren’t paying off. We hear quite a[…]

Find The Middle Ground With Performance Management That Works

There continues to be a lot of talk about performance ratings, with recent research from insight and technology company CEB suggesting that more than 20 percent of organizations are either planning to or have already eliminated these from their performance management approach, while another 30 percent are considering it. From speaking to businesses it is evident[…]

BAIN – “Only 40% of the workforce understood the company’s goals and strategy.”

Employee engagement — it’s often iterated, but rarely initiated. Review any organization that has earned a “best place to work” designation and you’ll discover a common thread: employees who are highly engaged. “The intellectual argument in favor of improving employee engagement is irrefutable,” states a new report on the topic from Demand Metric Research Corp. (, a[…]

The Future Of Performance Management Requires Robust Systems And Processes

The performance management cycle is a mature process in most organizations, especially the bigger ones. But there is a downside to this maturity: the performance management cycle becomes incredibly structured and complex New research from the performance factory shows that there are seven trends shaping the performance management cycle in 2020. Let’s take a closer look: 1. Performance Management cycle: from[…]

Teams With Goals Increase Performance

According to Don Sull, Senior Researcher at MIT, “Teams with specific and ambitious goals increase achievement from 50% to 80%. And increase further to 90% with feedback.” Goal achievement is paramount to employee success and satisfaction. Employees who feel a connection to the company’s mission—through goal setting and achievement—take delivering on business outcomes to the[…]