Commitment We are committed when we decide to do something without any expectation of return

To be committed means we give our time and energy to something that we believe in, or we make a promise or a firm decision to do something. But a genuine commitment is much more than this. We are committed when we decide to do something without any expectation of return. There is no going … Continue reading Commitment We are committed when we decide to do something without any expectation of return

Engagement Organizations live or die in the swarm of daily interchange

Organizations live or die in the swarm of daily interchange — in complimenting and criticizing, passing and retaining information, smiling and frowning, asking and answering, demanding and resisting, controlling and consenting. What injects meaning into one’s work is derived neither from the individual alone, nor environmental forces, but from participation in the swarm. Credit: Kenneth … Continue reading Engagement Organizations live or die in the swarm of daily interchange

Punished by Rewards Loving what you do is a more powerful motivator than any goody

If I had a penny for every time someone suggested rewarding or incentivizing people to share their knowledge I’d be a rich man. But like Alfie Kohn, I do not believe rewards work! In his book Punished by Rewards, Alfie Kohn shows that while manipulating people with incentives may seem to work in the short … Continue reading Punished by Rewards Loving what you do is a more powerful motivator than any goody

What is the difference between responsibility and accountability? We take responsibility but are held accountable

We use the words responsibility and accountability loosely in everyday language, but what is the difference? We can only choose to take responsibility for something. No one else can assign responsibility to us. Accountability means we are liable or answerable for our actions to someone or some authority. An easy way to think about being accountable is … Continue reading What is the difference between responsibility and accountability? We take responsibility but are held accountable