A Practical Approach to Performance Interventions and Analysis: 50 Models for Building a High-Performance Culture [NOOK Book]

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Imagine your best possible organization: a place where people strive for continuous improvement, communicate clearly and honestly, freely share information, respect their colleagues and leaders, make a difference -- and achieve truly extraordinary levels of performance, even in tough times. Using this book’s powerful Work/Life Approach, you can build that organization. World-renowned performance consultants Dr. Gene Fusch and Richard Gillespie offer a step-by-step blueprint for developing a true performance ...
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A Practical Approach to Performance Interventions and Analysis: 50 Models for Building a High-Performance Culture

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Overview

Imagine your best possible organization: a place where people strive for continuous improvement, communicate clearly and honestly, freely share information, respect their colleagues and leaders, make a difference -- and achieve truly extraordinary levels of performance, even in tough times. Using this book’s powerful Work/Life Approach, you can build that organization. World-renowned performance consultants Dr. Gene Fusch and Richard Gillespie offer a step-by-step blueprint for developing a true performance culture, where people bring a relentless focus and selfless collaboration to bear on the organization’s most fundamental goals. A Practical Approach to Performance Interventions and Analysis walks through every step of the process: analyzing business problems, identifying performance gaps, selecting the best interventions, measuring results, and more. You’ll learn how to integrate your organization’s goals with the beliefs and needs of your people; foster unity without conformity, and diversity without division; how to overcome the fear and distrust that makes organizations dysfunctional; and how to build an organization where everyone really takes ownership of their “fraction of the action.” Along the way, they present 50 dynamic models that tightly connect theory to real-world business practice, are ROI-driven, are fully measurable, and can be utilized by all leaders and practitioners in HR, organizational development, and training. With their guidance, you can choose and execute the performance initiatives that deliver the greatest positive impact on culture, business metrics, and the lives of all your people.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133040579
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. Gene E. Fusch is a faculty member at Walden University and Northcentral University in the doctoral program in business administration. A Certified Performance Technologist, he works with organizations to help them improve performance and realize their desired end results. His clients have included Alcoa-Intalco Works, ARCO, AT&T Cable Systems, Boeing, BP, Georgia Pacific, the Washington State Department of Transportation, US West, and Yahoo!. His career has spanned both education and business, from organizational leadership to advanced technologies and aerospace.


Richard C. Gillespie is President of Work/Life Systems International and Chief Operations Officer for Salty’s Waterfront Seafood Restaurants. A renowned organizational leadership and management consultant, he spent many years at IBM in roles ranging from quality engineer to corporate internal consultant. He participated in the original initiative that established IBM’s corporate organizational development function.

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Table of Contents

Preface     xiv

Chapter 1 Creating a Living Endowment for Ensuring Performance     1

Organizational Performance     4

Performance Analysis     6

Gap/Cause Analysis     11

Intervention Strategy     15

Design an Evaluation Plan to Measure End Results and Your Return on Investment     20

Design, Develop, and Deploy the Intervention     24

Measure End Results and Calculate Return on Investment     25

Conduct a Performance Analysis     25

Summary     26

Chapter 2 Starting with the Desired End Results     29

Principles of the Work/Life Approach     31

Organizational Bill of Rights     32

Understanding and Clarifying What People Were Hired to Do     33

Understanding and Clarifying the Expected End Results of People’s Work     34

Understanding and Clarifying How the Expected Results Are Measured     34

Understanding and Clarifying the Needed Knowledge, Experience, and Skills to Perform Well on the Job     35

Understanding and Clarifying the Resources Needed: Financial, Physical, and Time     37

Understanding and Clarifying to Provide and Receive Regular Feedback     37

Understanding and Clarifying What Is Required to Be Paid for Performance     41

The Celestial Approach to Managing     43

Communication and the Flow of Work     44

Additional Thoughts to Help You Realize Your Desired End Results     45

Batting Averages     46

Tell and Persuade     46

Focus on the Work     50

Summary     50

Chapter 3 Focusing on the Work     53

Organizational Mission     53

Vision     54

Acquiring Wealth     56

Stakeholders     56

Values     57

Growth     59

Social Responsibility     59

Longevity     60

Our People     60

Mission Statement     61

Focus on the Work     61

Summary     65

Chapter 4 Increasing the Flow of Useful Information     67

Sharing Ideas     67

Useful Information     69

Levels of Information     71

Shelf Life of Useful Information     72

Communicating Useful Information     73

Respectful Communication     75

Summary     76

Chapter 5 Getting Others to Own Their “Fraction of the Action”     77

Sapiential Authority     77

Understanding, Acceptance, and Support (UAS)     83

Understanding     83

Acceptance     86

Support     86

Arc of Distortion     88

Summary     90

Chapter 6 Valuing Behavior: Increasing Trust and the Bottom Line     93

Valuing Behavior     96

Stress Reduction     100

Validations     102

The Whole Person Model     105

Summary     106

Chapter 7 Owning the Present Condition Helps Define the Future Condition    109

Managing System Overview     110

Strategic Arena     110

Planning     111

Organizing     112

Directing     112

Leading     113

Controlling     113

Iterative     114

Operational Arena     114

Quality Management     115

Mosaic     118

Summary     121

Chapter 8 Fifty Years of Problem Solving: A Magnificent Obsession     123

Prioritizing and Time Management     124

The Basics of Solving Problems and Making Decisions     129

Problem Solving: Analyzing the Situation, Expectations, and Actions     131

Decision Making     133

Summary     135

Chapter 9 Why Play the Blame Game?     137

Self Assessment and Analyzing the Situation     138

Summary     144

Chapter 10 Fostering Change to Enhance End Results     147

Change Management     148

Resistance to Change     150

Memories     153

Habits     154

Labeling     156

Beliefs     157

Vision     157

Summary      160

Appendix A Measuring End Results: The Return-on-Investment Plan     163

Step 1: Collect, Evaluate, and Isolate Data on the Effects of the Intervention     167

Participants’ Post-Initiative Questionnaires     171

Step 2: Convert the Effects of Performance Intervention into a Monetary Value     175

Direct Observation     175

Interviews with Participants, Coworkers, and Supervisors     176

Interviews with Participants’ Customers, Vendors, and Supply Chain as Appropriate     177

Focus Groups Can Add to the Synergy of a Group’s Output     177

Measuring a Change in Production     177

Reduction in Customer Complaints, Customer Callbacks, and so on as Applicable     178

Reduction in the Amount of Time Needed to Perform a Task     179

Reduction in Scrap/Waste     179

Step 3: Calculate the Total Cost of a Performance Intervention     180

Step 4: Calculate the Net Benefit of a Performance Intervention     184

Step 5: Calculate the ROI     184

Summary     185

Appendix B The Authors and Their Perspectives     187

About the Authors     188

Gene E. Fusch, PhD     188

Richard C. Gillespie     189

References     191

Index    195

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    A most practical business textbook.

    This wonderful book by Dr. Fusch and Mr. Gillespie shows that it is not difficult to engineer a business environment based on both productivity and respect. Putting down in print what Mr. Gillespie has practiced working for IBM and other notable companies, this textbook reads less like a manual and more like a diary on how these 50 models of performance interventions can help businesses to become more productive - with the end-product and with employee-employee relationships, etc. This will no doubt become Recommended Reading for many college business courses around the country and around the world, if not one of the required textbooks. Business instructors owe themselves a look-see to see how this book will enhance their teaching on these interventions and analysis. High recommended!

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    This book is equivalent to a master's class in business manageme

    This book is equivalent to a master's class in business management. The authors make the claim that training is not always the best answer to better organizational performance. Then they prove it! Using a systematic approach, they discuss performance gaps, end results (note: do not use the word `goals' with these two!), valuing behavior, UAS (Understanding, Acceptance, Support), ROI as it relates to measuring the end result, and much other useful information. This book, along with a bit of study and contemplation, will make any business manager better. Outstanding.

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