Why do people fail after a promotion?

There was a book written in 1969 called The Peter Principle. The authors claimed that people in a hierarchy rise until they finally reach their level of incompetence. In other words, people get promoted until they finally fail. According to Wikipedia, this is due to the fact that“.. skills in one job do not necessarily …

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The “why” in performance evaluations

Consulting guru Alan Weiss writes, in his February newsletter,  that “We often believe that praise will help people solidify improvements and continue to grow, and critique will often correct poor performance and help people to do better.” That is often the underlying assumption in performance discussion, even the appraisal event. However, Weiss goes on to …

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5 Performance Management Trends that are Shaking Up HR

This is a guest post from Stuart Hearn, who holds views very similar to mine on performance management. I happy to know that a new approach to performance management it taking hold. Outdated performance management processes are coming under fire for being inefficient, hugely time consuming and for not adding any real value. Employees don’t …

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Intuitive & Innovative Tech for Your HR Team

This post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org. From recruiting to retention, the human resources department bridges the gap between employee and upper management for all businesses, large and small. It’s not exempt, however, from the technological revolution. And while you’ve at least dabbled in automation, if you’re not getting the results …

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Getting rid of the performance review process? Not really!

Accenture made news recently by announcing they were getting rid of performance evaluation. The world rejoiced (or so it seemed) as Accenture joined a list of other notable companies to “rid the world of performance evaluation!” The problem is they are not really getting rid of performance evaluation. No more Annual process What Accenture is …

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From the archive: Performance Evaluations “The GREAT EVIL”?

On July 8, 2015 I conducted a webinar on performance reviews for HRDirect.com. In that webinar I mentioned that today many people were calling for the end to performance reviews. I was reminded of this post, which I wrote and published on April 22, 2010. I think it is still relevant today. Periodically performance evaluations/appraisals/reviews …

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A quick tip to keep you and your employees on their toes

As I do my reading a consistent theme is that you need to be a constant learner in order to be successful. Futurist James Canton mentions it as one of the keys to future success as well. To be a constant learner you need to be a consistent learner. But how do you do that? …

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From the Archive: Forget their Weaknesses, Improve their Strengths

I am away on some personal time so I wanted to repost this from November 2013. It was pretty well read, which means that others found it interesting, you might too. It is a general consensus these days that performance appraisal is broken. Managers hate to deliver them, employees hate to get them and HR …

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Performance Management Made Easy

As many of you know there is a huge argument about performance appraisal and whether we should eliminate it or not. I come down on the side of “not.” I think people want to know how their boss perceives their work. Easy method A student in my PHR prep class sent me an article called …

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