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Managing Information and Human Performance

Managing Information and Human Performance

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Book DescriptionKnowing what’s going on in your company isn’t just a requirement—it’s power

How much do you really know about what’s going on in your workforce and organization?

Good information is essential if managersare to manage well. Yet, too often, the right information does not get to the right place in the right form at the right time. That’s because information often is spread throughout the organization—and hidden from management

This book will change all that. Learn how to establish a system that enables you to gather, process and make available internal information in your organization—quickly, easily and inexpensively.

Making your "best call" or going with your "gut" isn’t good enough. Avoid the high costs of poor information:

Poor quality
Resistance to change
Lack of commitment to strategic initiatives
Turnover
Lack of motivation
Misdirected reward systems

The book is packed with techniques andtools to enable you to:

Gather information, using mini-surveys, focus groups, interviews, performance reviews and records
Understand what people do by studying work processes, using process mapping, flow charts and block diagrams
Design, administer and analyze internal surveys
Develop an information utility that allows management to connect to and analyze internal information—such as information circles or an office of performance improvement.

Part I addresses information and management success:

Why organizations need solid internal information to achieve competitive success
The critical role of information in effective and predictable management
Common approaches to managing information
Organizational rationality—a requirement for management success
How managers can determine their own information needs and strategies
The need for consultants and how to use them effectively

Part II introduces the art and science of information:

Comparing the various ways to gather internal information
The most common methods of gathering information
Ways to ask the right questions
How to administer a survey
Analyzing data to identify internal conditions and operations needing improvement

Part III covers how you can manage information:

Management systems that can generate, store, and distribute information
Organizing and using your own management system for performance improvement
How to overcome stumbling blocks to enjoying an information advantage