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I do a bit of performance testing as an athlete; tactics, foods, etc.. I haven't done much formal performance testing in my manager role. Anyone willing to share testing you have done of management practices?

HBR Blog Morning Advantage this morning linked to an article titled "Finding More Time for Management" by Julian Birkinshaw in the London Business School journal Business Strategy Review. http://bsr.london.edu/lbs-article/713/index.html

The article described an experiment: if employees were given more autonomy and freedom in doing their work AND freeing up the manager from other duties to be available for coaching would the overall performance improve.

Results:

"If you are trying to help your company to improve its management processes, it is easy to get drawn towards exciting new initiatives like crowdsourcing; but the real impact is more likely to come from doing simple and obvious things more effectively. And frontline coaching is about as simple and obvious as it gets: every company needs it, and yet most do it pretty poorly."

Thoughts?