April 10, 2008
Keys to Personnel Management
Two different takes today on how to encourage positive development in the workplace. Marie Newman at OOTJ posts on the need to nuture the professional growth of lawyers (and librarians), and provides the text of a recent NY Lawyer article on providing constructive criticism and useful feedback.
Over at law.com, advice is given to corporate counsel managers on combating negative attitudes and behaviors in the workplace, also applicable to libraries.
General counsel are tagged as custodians of their companies' most crucial, yet most sensitive and volatile asset: its employees. Henry Ford saw them as one big headache, immune from any analgesic's curative powers: "Why is it that I always end up with a person, when all I really want is a pair of hands?" But it's a person you get, and if you believe people are of value, then the question becomes how to go about managing, motivating and inspiring them -- and, just as important, learning how to unlock their embedded value. Here's a guide on the do's and don'ts to reach that goal.
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