The Week That Was

Kick off the autumn season with these top five stories from for the week of Sept. 24.

1. Think Profit Is The Purpose? Think Again: To attract top talent and outperform the competition, you need a more noble purpose than just scrambling for a buck, writes Lisa Earle McLeod, a sales leadership consultant and author of Selling with Noble Purpose: How to Drive Revenue and Do Work that Makes You Proud.

2. Avoid Stopping Short: When we evaluate HR, we too often quit at intermediate results, writes Talent Management columnist Jac Fitz-enz.

3. Tips to Create Sustainable Engagement: Workers aren’t necessarily disengaged — they’re burnt out, writes Talent Management editor Frank Kalman. Here’s how to promote sustainable engagement to enable them to go the extra mile.

4. OPM’s Angela Bailey: Leader of the Pack: At the Office of Personnel Management, Angela Bailey is in charge of designing, developing and implementing government-wide human resources policies that affect millions of federal employees. Talent Management editor Ladan Nikravan has more.

5. The Strategic Importance of Workplace Culture: Culture should be treated like other key performance indicators. The challenge is getting leadership to buy in and elevate culture to a strategic priority, writes Lizz Pellet, vice president, U.S. Group, for management consulting firm Felix Global.

In Other News …

Is social media too much of a distraction at work? Maybe. As Mashable points out, workers are interrupted once every 10.5 minutes by social media — the impact of which costs the American economy almost $650 billion a year, according to Red e App, which lets consumers get notifications from businesses without having to provide their personal information.

Having trouble keeping a workplace debate positive or productive? Well, according to this article from Life Hacker, “plussing,” a term developed by Pixar, might be just what you need.

From Life Hacker:

At Pixar, the animators have developed a technique that helps keep the fighting productive and intellectual. They call it “plussing.” As people criticize the work under review, that criticism must always contain a new idea or a suggestion for strengthening the original idea – it must contain a “plus.” Without plussing, their morning crit sessions can get pretty negative and emotionally draining. With plussing, the same meetings are imbued with a positive tone and a direct connection between criticism and newer or better ideas for their work. The meetings still feel like a fight, but they feel like the healthy, respectful fights that keep couples, creative teams and ideas growing and changing for the better.

Finally, The Wall Street Journal had an interesting report this week on executive pay showing how firms can get creative in their disclosures to investors as to how much, exactly, an executive receives.

General Electric Co., for example, “disclosed in its annual proxy that Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt had taxable income last year of $7.82 million, as shown on his W-2 form, far less than the $21.6 million in reported in the standardized summary compensation table required by regulators,” the Journal reported.

It went on: “The difference between the two numbers was largely the value of equity grants and the change in the value of his pension.”