Most employees would welcome the chance to point out their colleagues’failings or say what they really think of bosses face-to-face – but few everget the chance. However, a new scheme at technology firm Intentia is doing just that,encouraging the firm’s management team to talk frankly about each others’strengths and weaknesses. The high-tech Swedish firm introduced the programme to help managers learnmore about themselves and develop deeper skills. It now intends to extend theinitiative to all staff. “If people have issues with the way an individual works, then ourcustomers probably do too, so it’s essential we get it out in the open,”explained HR director Debbie McCallion. Ten managers were asked to evaluate each others’ skills, using a systemcalled SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). The HR teamanalysed the results and compiled a list of each manager’s best and worstskills. The group then talked about each individual in turn, highlighting theirweaknesses face-to-face. At the end of the course, each manager was givenobjectives to try to improve. The company is now planning to extend a similar scheme to all its employees,in the hope that straight talking will improve the way teams work together. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Technology firm encourages frank talk among staffOn 15 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.