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"You Know How Many Times Someone Told Me I Did Good?  Two..."

--Tony Mareno in Saturday Night Fever

I finished up a module in BOSS - Leadership Skills for the Modern Manager (our manager training series at Kinetix) last weekend and found this gem on compensation and Performance Management.

Pay increases. A topic that causes more dissatisfaction per capita than any other workplace conversation surrounding compensation.  

If you’re like most managers, you don’t have an unlimited “kitty” of funds to give people raises with. The dirty little secret to compensation is that employees generally get paid at the time they join the company—their negotiating power is never higher—and only true stars can command above-average increases year over year.

Of course, the term “above average” is a loaded phrase. One man’s “above average” is another woman’s “insult.” And while we can’t agree on what constitutes “above average,” we damn sure can’t agree on who’s actually performing at a high level, which would seem to be a necessity to do pay increases effectively.

Tony Mareno got a raise in the video clip above. He was thrilled. Then his dad took a giant crap on his psychological state by telling him the raise meant nothing.

Now Tony’s not thrilled anymore. So goes your life when it comes to pay increases.  Take a look at the clip.  Solid negotiation on the part of his manager at the start of the conversation.  Ping me if you want to talk manager training - we've got a cool thing started at Kinetix.



Amazing merger of the world of HR and movies.

My 2 all-time favourites are "What we've got a failure to communicate." Cool Hand Luke.

And this scene pops to mind whenever I'm discussing staffing growth budget with my Exec team: Joker in Batman

Keep 'em coming.

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