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64. Children of Lake Wobegon

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Photo by Marja Flick-Buijs

The manager gives performance ratings that fail to differentiate sufficiently between strong and weak performers.

In A Prairie Home Companion, public radio fixture Garrison Keillor delivers the news from the fictional small town Lake Wobegon, “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”

Performance ratings frequently fall into a narrow range suited only to the children of Lake Wobegon. Consider the example in Figure 64.1:

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Figure 64.1. ...

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