Bill Gates on Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule

It’s a tempting proposal: if you practice anything for 10,000 hours, then you will become world class. In 1993, scientist Anders Ericsson learned of a group of psychologists in Berlin who were researching violin players found that, by age 20, the leading performers had averaged in excess of 10,000 hours of practice each. Less able […]

Consequences of Organizational Commitment Level for Individual Employees and an Organization

Like various social groups at different times throughout history, organizations and corporations developed distinctive cultures. Organizational culture is the entirety of socially transmitted behavior patterns that are typical of a particular organization or a company. Organizational culture encompasses the structure of the organization and the roles within it, the leadership style, the prevailing values, norms, […]

Conducting Behavioral Assessments: Advantages

Behavioral assessments ask specific questions focused on target behaviors. Behavioral assessments are interested in samples of behavior and not behavior as a sign of internal processes. The responses collected from behavioral assessments can be interpreted as samples of a person behavior that are thought to generalize to other situations that the person might be subject […]

Guy Kawasaki’s “Shopping Center Test” for Recruiting

Recruiting is the hardest part of a manager’s job. Many managers do not hire people who are better than they themselves are. It might be subconscious—managers do not want to be disgraced by one of their direct reports—or perhaps managers do not know how to identify talent. How is a manager or recruiter to know […]

Microsoft Ends its “Stack Ranking” Forced Ranking System

Per the following memo from Lisa Brummel, the head of human resources, Microsoft is ending the “stack rank system,” Microsoft’s adaptation of the forced ranking performance management system. To Global Employees, I am pleased to announce that we are changing our performance review program to better align with the goals of our One Microsoft strategy. […]