Evidence-Based Management, Teams are not made of talent alone, STARS acronym

27-Sep-06 Archive of Weekly KM Blog by Stan Garfield

KM Books

Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton

Great leaders are in control and ought to be… The best organizations have the best people… Financial incentives drive company performance…

Great pearls of business wisdom? Absolutely not, state Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton. They say too much common management “wisdom” isn’t wise at all, but instead is based on flawed knowledge of best practices that are poor, incomplete, or outright wrong — not to mention hazardous to an organization’s health.

In their book, Pfeffer and Sutton show how companies can bolster performance and trump the competition through evidence-based management, an approach to decision-making and action that is driven by hard facts rather than half-truths or hype.

Unfortunately, managers often base their actions not on evidence or deep knowledge, but on blind faith — mindlessly copying what others have done, letting too much ride on gut instinct or intuition, and acting without questioning the myths, beliefs, ideologies, and popular fashions of management practices. Pfeffer and Sutton say enough is enough — and advocate the use of evidence-based management.

KM Links

Team Networks → Team Chemistry by Valdis Krebs

Teams are not made of talent alone.

It is how the talents of individual players intersect and interact that distinguishes a good team from a collection of good players. From the New England Patriots, to the Detroit Pistons, to the Chicago White Sox — teams without a superstar at every position win championships.

  1. UPDATE #1: US Basketball Team Lacks “Chemistry” ends up with “Le Bronze” in World Basketball Championships!
  2. UPDATE #2: Superstar NY Yankees lose again!
  3. UPDATE #3: Once again, the Yankees lose!

KM Questions

Q: Regarding your review of the STARS leadership book, often stars do not make a good team and get in the way of team accomplishment.

A: The STARS approach does not suggest individual stars. Rather, it is an acronym for

  • Set Goals
  • Think
  • Act
  • Review
  • Supply Improvements

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