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Ann - your husband worked with Michael Lewis - that dude is an absolute rock star and one of the reasons I started blogging. Very cool. Good post, you should do sports more often!

Thanks - KD


That is cool. Glad you liked.

Despite periodic and fitfully-implemented efforts in the past, few orgs have attempted to create metrics to capture and measure the catalytic effect of individuals. Sounds kind of contradictory, too, to consider the way certain individuals affect groups and how people "grow" others, whether it be how they "rub off" as a force multiplier on team members or "nuture and develop" subordinates.

Every big enterprise knows there are king-makers who inculcate such habits and values in their subordinates that an inordinate number of their graduates rise to prominence. In the military, they are typically senior NCOs, but there is rarely a formal rank or reward program for such mentors in the private sector where that comparable legacy link for upward development coaching is seldom positively reinforced effectively over time. Those who develop others (unless they are full-time T&D specialists) are often depreciated as less competent than their proteges, when in fact their value comes from different services. Those driven by personal ambition are often blind to the important role played by humble team-builders.

I'd love to hear from some outfits that have successfully implemented programs to identify, measure, reward and reinforce successful mentor/coaches.


I'd love to hear from those outfits too. I like your term "force multiplier" - at essence that is a big piece of what these individuals do. And I agree that we - collectively - tend to overlook and underappreciate their role and contribution.

The metric part is tough. And we have to care that we approach and measure it in a way that we don't contaminate the very thing we are trying to encourage. A challenge, but a worthwhile one I think.

Thanks for the thoughts.

I see two components to the Shane Battier situation. One is metrics. Without a bit of number crunching and conceptualizing that moves beyond the classic box score, there wouldn't be enough understanding of the game for Battier to do what he does as well has he does.

The other component is Battier himself. He's a particularly selfless player, but that's not enough. He's also smart enough to make sense of the metrics. And he has the physical skills to put them to use against some of the top players in professional basketball.

In other words, Battier is a special case. The question for us is what general lessons there are for us to apply elsewhere, with different people.

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    Compensation consultant Ann Bares is the Managing Partner of Altura Consulting Group. Ann has more than 20 years of experience consulting with organizations in the areas of compensation and performance management.

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