Our Corporate Life
March 19, 2013   •   Volume 4, Issue 6   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: The Art of Handling Failure
Ask Amanda: Why am I getting an average rating on my review—the scores don’t add up?
♦   Practical Tips: Polishing Your Online Persona
The Art of Handling Failure

Given the pace and sheer volume of projects that most companies expect teams to handle, it’s logical to expect that there will be some failures in the bunch. Add in the pressure to be innovative and you’re almost guaranteed to make mistakes. Unfortunately our expectation—usually reinforced by management—is that we will consistently hit home runs. The anxiety created by these expectations can lead to bureaucracy, micromanagement, and ultimately, paralysis.

How can you avoid over-complicating and over-managing projects to increase your chances of success?
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Thought to Ponder

Pessimism stems from inaction.

Practical Tips: Polishing Your Online Persona

With social networks, information sharing, and online communication, chances are good that formerly private information—where you live, your income, and your marital status—is now public. Combine those facts with outdated material, and inaccurate or misleading posts, and you’ve got a profile that can negatively influence how searchers see you. Why should you care? According to an ExecuNet study, 90% of recruiters check out executive candidates online.
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 ask Amanda

I was rated "excellent" on more than half of the items in my performance review but I only ended up getting a "satisfactory" overall rating. WTF? V.H., Boston, MA

Amanda Mitchell

Not knowing the specifics, I can only offer food for thought.

Most companies grade on a curve—this means that the number of “excellent” ratings any given manager can assign is limited. Also, the overall rating isn’t usually determined by averaging all the sub-ratings because some goals/activities/results are more important than others.
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