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EPISODE 10: The Surprising Power of Autonomy for Improving Organizational Performance

In this episode of Your Brain at Work, Dr. David Rock welcomes Kristina Morton; Vice President Human Resources, Supply Chain, at General Mills. At General Mills, their mission is to feed the world. Hard enough on a good day, but how about during a global pandemic? Their challenges were multifaceted and complex, but throughout, factory workers went above and beyond to meet the goals of the organization. Rewards were obviously in order. So leaders at General Mills experimented with autonomy and rewards to say thanks. Here’s their story (and the science behind it).

2021-04-07T16:14:06-04:00April 7th, 2021|

EPISODE 11: What Performance Trends in 2020 Tell Us About 2021

We close Season 3 of Your Brain at Work with our two performance gurus, Barbara Steel, the head of our performance practice, and Rob Ollander-Krane, a Senior Client Advisor at NLI who will review some of the biggest trends of 2020. From the underrated—but absolutely vital— check-in conversation, to the role bias plays in performance management, and performance management’s impact on broader talent strategy, we look back on the trends and lessons of 2020, and look ahead to what organizations should prioritize in 2021.

2020-12-23T11:12:30-05:00December 18th, 2020|

EPISODE 2: Performance Management Lives in a VUCA World

This week, our panel of experts includes NLI’s Head of Performance Barbara Steeel, Senior Client Strategist, Rob Ollander-Krane, and CEO and Co-Founder Dr. David Rock. Together, they discuss the latest trends and research in performance management; they share illuminating insights on giving, and receiving, feedback; and they reflect on the six critical conversations employees and managers should be having to perform at their best.

2020-12-04T12:37:25-05:00September 23rd, 2020|


Performance Speak to a Client Advisor The conventional wisdom says that performance comes down to how employees

2021-04-21T12:13:08-04:00September 20th, 2019|

EPISODE 5: Killing Ratings and Making Performance Come Alive with GAP’s Rob Ollander-Krane and Dr. Andrea Derler

No one likes to feel like a number. And yet, so many organizations use rigid, ratings-based approaches for tracking employees’ performance. Rob Ollander-Krane, Director of Talent Planning and Performance at Gap Inc., has for years decided to take his teams in a different direction — namely, by killing performance ratings. In this episode, discover how Rob’s bold decision has ushered in a brand-new world of work.

2021-01-13T16:36:22-05:00September 2nd, 2019|

Transform Performance Management with a Growth Mindset

Our brains often get stuck on first impressions and biased assessments of others. For leaders, this can make it difficult to accurately evaluate changes in employees’ performance over time. Fortunately, NLI’s research shows that a growth mindset is the key to effective performance conversations. In fact, more than half of all companies we interviewed last year are leveraging a growth mindset approach to create sustainable performance management transformation.

2020-11-25T10:27:32-05:00July 25th, 2019|

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