Playing in Traffic

January 12, 2010

I am inspired by the article by David Fisher, Director of the Defense Department’s Business Transformation Agency, titled Performance Management is a Team Sport. He describes how his organization shifted its emphasis from traditional individual performance appraisals to a method that aligns organizational core mission goals with objective outcome-based metrics and their targets.

The article’s title provides an obvious signal that Fisher places importance on teams. Fisher is not alone. A New York Times article title On Passion and Playing in Traffic interviews Joseph J. Plumeri, chairman and CEO of the insurance broker Willis Group Holdings. Plumeri describes how his leadership style has evolved from…