In 1978, Thomas Gilbert published his book: Human Competence: Engineering Worthy Performance
In that he described the Behavior Engineering Model (BEM) for performance analysis. He also (the page prior) had his model for Creating Performance Incompetence – which I have written about before as a great set-up/intro to the BEM. Read about that here.
Back to the BEM and Gilbert’s model – which consists of three Leisurely Theorems that:
- Distinguish between accomplishment and behavior to define “worthy performance”
- Identifies methods for determining the “potential for improving performance (the PIP)”
- Describe six essential components of behavior that can be manipulated to effect performance – which is the 6 Boxes that Carl Binder refers to. And others.
My approach – EPPI – combines the BEM – and a process orientation – and actually starts with a Process orientation within the Context of the organization (or Enterprise). I’ve written about that a lot here – so look those posts using EPPI if you are so interested.
What I learned years ago (decades ago to be truthful) from Gilbert and Rummler and Mager and Harless – and dozens if not hundreds of others – is to focus on Performance (Accomplishments in Gilbert’s terms). Not on behaviors – which are indeed important – if secondary – or maybe tertiary.
Rummler said/wrote it seemed to be an 80/20 split. Other have other numbers – and no one has empirical evidence – to back up their numbers – and most said so about that fact too.
Let’s focus elsewhere to start. Let’s do the due diligence of Analysis without Paralysis – to seek the root causes – establish baseline measurements – and be good stewards of the Shareholders’ equity – and move the needles of Measured Results and ROI and not just Costs as we seek to make improvements.
And for those celebrating Labor Day in the USA (and anywhere) – I hope you find some time today for some Leisure!
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