Thursday, January 28, 2010

Acceptable Criteria Increases Effects

“The Gods do not quarrel about length and weight of such matters, but about good and justice. Where there are acceptable criteria (rules of measurement for instance) for settling disputes wars are unlikely.

But where there are apparently insolvable disagreements, involving appeal to differing standards, might may seem the only way that can  make right”    

Socrates point in Euthyphro (7b-d)

Examine conflicts and agreements currently within your teams, has a rule of measurement an acceptable criteria been established?

Was the measurement of quality work and time frame agreed in actions and words?


Are you attempting to force your might to make right upon the teams’ systems.

Do you have conflicts and a feeling of we must force our will to make them understand then examine what rules of measurement (metrics, performance evaluations, systemic processes, behavior, normative culture, etc…) are clearly defined and measured.

Once the acceptable criteria is established disputes can be held against the criteria that was established and then team members can avoid disputes and remain effective.

What sources of criteria are you using?

What criteria is implicit and what is explicit?

How do you know that that your implicit criteria is the same of others’ implicit criteria?

-Michael Cardus is the founder of Create-Learning-Team Building, an experiential based training and development consulting organization. Mike specializes in team development and leadership development consulting and training, creating team-building programs that retain talented staff members, increase production and effectiveness of your team. He lives in Buffalo, NY, and travels to you to serve your team-building and leadership training needs, wherever and whenever fits your schedule.