Erik Samdahl has been working and writing on the Internet in various fashions for over ten years. Currently a part of the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), the largest vendor-free network of corporations focused on improving productivity, and runs The Productivity Blog, which features articles on human capital trends and topics. Along with i4cps staff of writers and researchers, Erik is looking to heavily increase the volume and quality of the blog over the coming year.

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Latest Articles by Erik Samdahl and Other i4cp Authors

  • Performance Management: Not Everybody's a Superstar

    Performance Management: Not Everybody's a Superstar

    It's time to take off the type-A blinders and get some perspective; not everybody in the workplace is a superstar or future leader, and a lot of people don't want to be. They want to work, to get things done, to keep things moving and to do a good job of it. They don't have huge egos or need constant attention, ... More


  • A First Aid Kit for Managers

    A First Aid Kit for Managers

    What would you stuff into a small backpack that would equip a manager to handle just about any management issue? Below is my list, in no order of priority. You can also use this list as part of an exercise for a management training program. Divide your participants into groups of 4-5 and have them prioritize the list (or make up ... More


  • Are Leaders With Low Emotional Intelligence Weakening Your Bottom Line?

    Are Leaders With Low Emotional Intelligence Weakening Your Bottom Line?

    Organizations with emotionally intelligent executives could have an advantage in today's high stress work environment, suggests i4cp's latest research on emotional intelligence (EI). i4cp found that only about a quarter of companies with a 1,000 or more employees have implemented an emotional intelligence initiative in parts of their organizations. But among those that have, high market performers were considerably more likely ... More


  • Why Don't Most Companies Manage Performance Well?

    Why Don't Most Companies Manage Performance Well?

    There's a good reason the performance reviews in your company probably aren't going well. Most of your managers don't know what they're doing. Less than a fifth of organizations have leaders who are either highly or very highly skilled at conducting performance reviews, according to a new study i4cp conducted for a member organization. Companies should not expect employees to be ... More


  • Middle Managers Spread Thin as Organizational Structure Flattens

    Middle Managers Spread Thin as Organizational Structure Flattens

    If leaders feel stretched today, it's only going to get worse in the future, indicates new research by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). Finding structural efficiencies by expanding spans of control has become a necessity in the current economic climate. However, the i4cp study shows that flattening organizational structure doesn't necessarily result in a competitive advantage. While there are advantages, ... More


  • The Long Era of Lackluster Leadership

    The Long Era of Lackluster Leadership

    The single greatest business failure of the last 20 years is the inability of organizations to excel at leadership development. Consider this: in 2010, three quarters of respondents to an i4cp study said developing leaders is a highly important issue, but less than a quarter said their company is highly effective in this area. This wildly disproportionate ratio makes leadership development ... More


  • Be Disloyal to Your Employees

    Be Disloyal to Your Employees

    Are you loyal to your employees? If so, stop it. The New York Times recently published an article on Goldman Sachs. Call them pariahs or financial wizards, the 35,000 employee Wall Street firm is a money-making machine. And becoming a partner is, as the Times put it, "the equivalent of winning the lottery." The problem is, unlike most firms with a ... More


  • What is the Future of HR?

    What is the Future of HR?

    Many years ago I was quoted in the infamous Fast Company article "Why We Hate HR." Even though the article is 5 years old, I continue to see a chorus of authors and HR naysayers who essentially say the same thing: HR is not strategic. Despite the negativity, all of these articles make note of the fact that organizations today are ... More


  • The Greening of Executive Pay

    The Greening of Executive Pay

    There's a new metric in town when it comes to determining executive pay - at some companies at least. Now, in addition to earnings per share and stock prices, some executives are earning incentive pay based on a series of sustainability measures. The trend is a bit more common in Europe than it is in the U.S., with the Dutch leading ... More




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