BRAIN FOOD: It just might work - Square peg, round peg

BRAIN FOOD: It just might work - Square peg, round peg - Why not emulate three ace CEOs and make your judgments mercifully (and mercilessly) brief? Intel's Andy Grove scores people 'Superior', 'Exceeds requirements', 'Meets requirements' and 'Does not mee

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Why not emulate three ace CEOs and make your judgments mercifully (and mercilessly) brief? Intel's Andy Grove scores people 'Superior', 'Exceeds requirements', 'Meets requirements' and 'Does not meet requirements'.

At GE, Jack Welch labels managers Type I (delivers performance commitments, shares GE's people-based values); Type II (misses commitments, doesn't share values); Type III (misses commitments, shares values); Type IV (delivers commitments, doesn't share values). At ambitious Akamai, which speeds web content delivery, George Conrades plans 90 days ahead (that's all) and ranks businesses weekly against commitments. Green = 'We did it'; yellow = 'Progress, not yet there'; red = 'We didn't do it'. Quote: 'When somebody starts getting a lot of reds, there's no place to hide'. As for Grove's Does not meets, and Welch's IIs and IVs, there's no place - period.

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