Experienced Managers Make Decisions Differently

Managers have to make decisions about people. Pretty much everything from “Who gets a bonus?” to “Who gets fired?”   What really goes into the process of making these decisions? And perhaps more importantly, what decision processes differentiate the more experienced managers from the newbies?     “The hard way”: Logistics Managers usually have a whole lot of information available to them. This is a good thing in many ways. If you’re going to make a decision that really affects another person’s professional life, it’s best to have all the facts!   But then again, trying to consider all the […]

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Moneyball Analytics Built for Business

In Moneyball, the scrappy general manager takes his meager resources (well, meager for a major league baseball team) and uses the power of advanced mathematical modeling (and a Yale economics grad) to recruit smarter and make it to the playoffs against all odds. The analytic modeling used in this movie (and in real-life as the movie is based on a true story) may seem like a sprinkle of magic, but it is really just smart science. This sophisticated approach revolutionized professional sports and is now a staple of all professional sports teams. Cangrade scientists (who went not only to Yale, […]

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Why Companies Need to Track Fairness

Employees care about getting what they want. But they care just as much about how decisions are made. People want to feel that they are treated fairly, regardless of the outcome. Psychologists call this “procedural justice.”   Procedural justice increases the effectiveness of managers, promotes engagement and satisfaction, and reduces employee burnout. And this all adds up to greater success for the entire organization.   Of course, having formal rules that promote fairness is important. But that’s just half the story. Research has shown that it’s just as important to keep track of what’s actually going on—especially how employees feel […]

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How People See Trends and Coincidences

Imagine an especially great week at work. Expectations are exceeded. Things get done. Everyone’s happy! Maybe this is a trend. It could be a sign of genuine improvement. Things are getting better. Maybe it’s a coincidence. Circumstances were just right. It was luck.   Most people would hesitate to call something like that a trend. It’s just one week after all. But what happens instead if we’re talking about an especially bad week at work? People are much more likely to think that it’s part of a negative trend that will continue. Little things can “add up” Sometimes very important […]

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3 Things You Can Do Right Now-Improving The Application Process

I know there was a lot of information to take in over the past few blogs, and if you are just joining us now, no worries, here is a brief overview of what we have gone over: Does everyone hate applying to jobs? A short introduction into why I wrote this series and what it is about, aka the job application process and ways that you can improve it 4 Things For Better Job Post The four main areas of a job post that you can improve upon to get better applicants Check your Tech: It could be hurting your […]

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