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However, a weakness of quantitative research is that the researcher is hampered from detecting if variables he or she didn’t define in advance are, in fact, at play in the minds of research participants. Consider the following example. Suppose I’m trying to understand disparities in grade point averages and I survey children about their GPAs, eating, sleeping, and study habits. Quantitative research will enable me to deeply understand the relationships of these variables for a large number of students.

The Research 31 When they felt plugged into the goals of their organizations, when they had strong two-way communication with peers, and when they got prompt performance feedback from leaders, employees reported feeling highly included. The communication that led to inclusion was multidirectional: upward, downward, and lateral. It was also often external, extending to two-way communication with customers and community members. Mentoring and Coaching Employees felt included when they were able to develop themselves and others to their maximum potential.

However, management guru and thought leader Peter Drucker is unambiguous in his answer. When interviewed toward the end of his career, he was asked what one lesson he would like every one to learn about management. ”30 Like many great thinkers, the power of Drucker’s words is in their simplicity: hone strengths. Some researchers and practitioners define their “intervention” as the program of action they prescribe after their various diagnostic activities. Such naïveté can lead to missed opportunities to facilitate growth or even missed acknowledgment of the early stages of a “derailed” project.

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