It was said that Ocala lost two contracts this
week. One for "Patriot" and one for the" Good Year
Does anyone know why? I heard the reason was that
Orl was not part of the equation and they did not
want us to have it by ourselves. Does anyone have any
info about this
When I was a lead engineer working for Control
Data Corporation in the very early 80s, we actually
practiced management by objectives (MBO) as it was deisgned
to be practiced. In relation to you comments, our
MBO process ensured that everyone knew how his/her
individual contributions fit into the depatment's objectives
and so on up the chain of command. My chain of
command had 13 levels (a lot like LMMS).
knew the value of what we were doing. The other piece
of the puzzle, one that MBO cannot solve is the
workflow issue. This is "What happens to the data (or
hardware) I produce as part of my job when I finish my
part?" We now have enormously complex enterprise
resource planning (ERP) systems to manage this. However,
we do not let the employees see the process
We have almost no managers who "manage" either
people or projects. They have the titles and the money,
but no understanding of the job. We had real managers
when I started in this business. Managers and
employees had a purpose and a shared vision. Bring these
concepts back and LMT will wow the world!
I have placed several people in other places from
Denver and have had a common complaint. That the process
doesn't work. No matter how well the work turned out or
how well the customer liked their product, upper
management kept the raises for their 'supporters'. In other
words, they were buying their support at employees
Good luck this yr.
We really did try to make performance appraisals
objective when I worked in the defense consulting business
(my first career).
If you start with a
negotiated (manaer/employee) work plan, an objective
appraisal is actually achievable.
PS: Forgive my
I wouldn't argue your points one way or the
other. My only point was that NO appraisal system is
objective. I would add that the belief that people can be
rated as individuals in a vaccuum is absolutely a myth.
Appraisal, by definition, is comparison.
whole process misused and abused? You betcha.