Generation X, meet Theory Y… it’s like Douglas McGregor never existed

If Your Boss Thinks You’re Awesome, You Will Become More Awesome https://hbr.org/2015/01/if-your-boss-thinks-youre-awesome-you-will-become-more-awesome

Turns out that people improve and stuff if they are rated highly by their boss. Yada yada. The findings are a bit incoherent; the author seems a little puzzled.

What interests me, not in a good way, is how the once-mighty HBR has ascended into a strange world; a Patrick Bateman training room —all glass walls, blonde wood, PowerPoint and flipcharts— where people with MBAs* discuss pop-psychology quizzes that are pure Cosmo ’50 ways to please your manager in the boardroom’ stylee, and nobody, nobody remembers Douglas McGregor.

(*MacBook Airs.)

http://www.businessballs.com/mcgregor.htm.

Back in the late 90s, Peter Fryer and Frances Storr developed a rapid, low-cost, paperless, humane, 360-degree performance appraisal system, inspired by complexity theory concepts.

http://www.trojanmice.com/articles/paperless.htm

And it was effective. These days we would describe it as ‘strengths-based, but, not a lot of money to be made from that: no software, didn’t need a week-long training induction programme, so not exactly billable boulevard, baby.

It’s another ‘sense-in-common’.

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