Forget their Weaknesses, Improve their Strengths to gain.

I just finished reading a Harvard Business Review Tip of the Day, Adapted from “How to Gain Credibility When You Have Little Experience,” by Andy Molinksy and Jake Newfield. These authors say that if you are young and new to the job you should “Start earning your colleagues’ respect by conveying the value you bring. …

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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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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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Initiative gets you rewarded, well maybe not!

Initiative is a trait that is supposedly highly valued by employers, thus it appears on practically every résumé written. It is usually promoted as someone’s strengths when they are asked what their strengths are in an interview. Unfortunately a recent study has shown that initiative may not get you the rewards you expected. Neither bosses …

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Tales of Bad Performance Reviews

  I am not generally one of those performance review bashers. I genuinely believe that the performance review is a valuable tool, that when done well, provides a coaching opportunity that is usually desired by an employee. But over the last couple of days I have heard a few stories that just demonstrated what is …

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Performance Appraisal can successfully Alter Behavior: A Strange Story

  The performance appraisal has been under attack of late from many directions as being an ineffective tool to alter an employee’s behavior. Here is a strange story of how a performance appraisal letter outlining poor performance successfully altered the person’s behavior. Even terrorists get performance appraisals Moktar Belmoktar was an aspiring terrorist in Algeria. …

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Every Meeting is an Evaluation

  Many managers and supervisors say they hate doing employee evaluations and they don’t have time to do them. What they don’t think about is that every meeting with an employee is an opportunity to provide feedback and make corrections and that is what an evaluation is. So take the opportunity to make every meeting …

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One Key Tip to Giving Useful Feedback

We get and give feedback all the time. Sometimes it is solicited, sometimes it is not. Sometimes it is tied to a specific act, other times it covers multiple acts. Regardless here is the one key tip to giving useful feedback. “It starts with looking someone in the eye, with having a direct one on …

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Forced Ranking as Performance Management

Forced Ranking is a method of performance management made popular by Jack Welch. It is similar to “the curve” many of us may have encountered in high school and college. Due to the popularity of GE and Welch many companies started using forced rankings. After perhaps some initial positive effects most companies find out that …

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