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Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot 398 398

cremeglace writes "Have you ever noticed that the first cowboy to draw his gun in a Hollywood Western is invariably the one to get shot? Nobel-winning physicist Niels Bohr did, once arranging mock duels to test the validity of this cinematic curiosity. Researchers have now confirmed that people indeed move faster if they are reacting, rather than acting first."

Comment number crunching signifying nothing (Score 1) 262 262

My real problem with this approach is that since it is an objective measurement, it implies that it is meaningful. But if it is useful as you said, it is merely a blunt instrument used to force employees to shut up and sit down without relaying how they fail.

I expect more from management, and yes, I have written my fair share of performance reviews.

Comment Re:Useful to convince under performers (Score 1) 262 262

Here is a novel concept, how about telling the bad employee how they under perform? One of the hallmarks of lazy manager is when one polls the employees who didn't get excellent performance review marks and they all fail for exactly the same reason.

If it were a good metric of performance, it would not require the right hands to determine who gets the beating.

Comment silly, but likely to grow (Score 1) 262 262

Given the widespread deployment of technology to filter resumes, HR is ripe to accept any new technology that is thrown its way.

Surfacing "thought leaders" over others amounts to rewarding a personality type. I don't think companies have a problem rewarding the people who influence others. The people who do the heavy lifting are rarely recognized.

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