From the archive Five mistakes: Incompetent employees are the business’ fault

I think this is always good to revisit. I am helping with a situation that is not all that uncommon. I am sure this has happened to you as well. A manager wants to let someone go. Naturally, there is no documentation. So I ask the question “Why?” “Because he is incompetent, he just can’t …

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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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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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