Category: Goals

Which Employees Set the Bar Higher?

Topic: Personality, Motivation, Goals Publication: Personality and Individual Differences (JAN 2010) Article: Individual differences in reactions to goal-performance discrepancies over time. Authors: P.D. Converse, E. Steinhauser, and J. Pathak Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger By nature, a goal creates a discrepancy between an employee’s current performance and some future state. For example,

Effective Goals CAN Fly Under the Radar

Topic: Goals, Job Performance Publication: Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes Article: An exploratory field experiment of the effect of subconscious and conscious goals on employee performance. Author: A. Shantz, G.P. Latham Featured by: Benjamin Granger Do subconscious goals lead to improved employee performance? What exactly are subconscious goals?  Unlike conscious goals, employees are unaware of subconscious goals. When they become aware

“FIGHT! FIGHT!” The Schoolyard Brawl for Goal Setting

Topic: Goals Publication: The Academy of Management Perspectives Article: The systematic side effects of overprescribing goal setting. Author: L.D. Ordonez, M.E. Schweitzer, A.D. Galinsky, M.H. Bazerman Featured by: Benjamin Granger Innumerable studies have consistently shown that setting challenging and specific goals lead to increased employee performance at work. Recently, however, Ordonez, Schweitzer, Galinsky, and

The Goal Revision Seesaw: What Makes it Move?

Topic: Self Efficacy, Goals Publication: The Journal of Applied Psychology (2008) Article: The role of feedback, causal attributions, and self-efficacy in goal revision .Author: A.P. Tolli, A.M. Schmidt Reviewed by: Benjamin Granger One thing that we know is that employees frequently revise their performance goals. But we know less about how and why they do so….until now. In a recent study from Journal of Applied