Monday, October 27, 2008

Interview Tom Foster (Management Skills Blog) – Part 3 of 6

Q3 Dr Lisa: As you know we recommend against most incentive or bonus programs. How does the prevailing belief by Western management that incentives are effective relate to the “best efforts” contract?

Tom: Yes, incentives are effective. They are most effective at creating mistrust in the organization. They violate the implicit contract between the employer and employee. Incentives lay the groundwork for counterproductive relationships and sow the seeds for deceit. Incentives pit manager against employee in a game of underperformance, where the carrot rules.

Even worse, managers use incentives to abdicate their responsibility to hold people accountable for performance. Managers throw up their hands and say, "the only way I can hold my people accountable is to withhold part of their pay until they meet the performance standard." If that is the only strategy a manager has to hold people accountable, then I think I need a different manager. be continued.

Here's to maximizing YOUR profits!
Dr Lisa Lang
(c)Copyright 2008, Dr Lisa, Inc. All rights reserved.

Are you a Vistage/TEC member who would like your team to hear my speech? Here it is: NEXT Maximizing Profitability Event (no charge): December 1, 2008 in Denver from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the Science of Business Training Center. More information at You can register by fax or on-line.

Next Mafia Offer Boot Camp -- is December 2, 3, 4 2008 in Denver.

No comments:

Post a Comment