Preparing for a presentation on what happens in your First Year
and two items are part of what many face in industrial careers.
One is business cards. There are many different flavors, colors
and lay-outs for these 20th century devices to network and share
our identities and contact information. Recently Schumpeter in
the Economist wrote about this tool that somehow survives in
the electronic age. The main comments to the article that
help us are that they form physical reminders that bring us
to the top of a pile, and more important remind us of the
critical realization that face-to-face interaction forms the
basis of connections in human relations.
The second is the morphing of goal-setting (setting objectives
2 ) by individuals consistent with the organization’s goals.
Schumpeter, in another recent piece, argued that many studies
have shown how ineffective top-down, poorly worded, annual
account checking the boxes “goals” (really objectives) to complete
annual performance reviews are.
The article and accompanying comments point out that negotiated
objectives on a more flexible time scale that can allow for not
meeting desired deliverables is the modern day approach that
leads to successful companies. The Google Glass example
brings this out.