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Performance Management

Avoid Mistakes When Correcting Others

Nora T. Akins | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Nora T. Akins

There may be reasons why employees cannot be corrected in a timely manner. Those reasons don't matter. What matters is the employee continues to do something incorrectly or behave poorly.

Leading for Success: How to Motivate Your Team

Pam Lyra | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Pam Lyra

Motivating a team might be compared to creating a sculpture. The artist is able to see beyond the raw material to the potential in the mass, and then carefully carve away extra material to realize a fine piece of art.

Avoid 5 Big Mistakes and Sales Leaders Will Be Highly Desired and Get Great Results

Avril Brikkels | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
Avril Brikkels

A great sales leader who is highly-desired has mastered the art, delivered the numbers and brought out the best in their people. Investing in people does not mean leaders are "soft" and won't get results. It is quite the opposite.

Where's the White Space?

Nora T. Akins | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business
Nora T. Akins

The work world is smaller and spinning faster than ever. Many of us keep up by moving faster, doing more work with fewer people and modifying processes to minimize cost. That is what makes profits grow. But it may not distinguish us from others.

Stop Assigning Numbers to People!

Nora T. Akins | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Nora T. Akins

Performance appraisals may finally be a human resource system of the past. Tons of evidence and our guts tell us they are ineffective measures of performance. Often, the best performers do not get the highest performance scores.

What to Do When Managers and Employees Aren't on the Same _age

Tom Fox | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Employees and managers frequently hold different views on the workplace, and that is to be expected. But it can be spell trouble if the gap between em...

Do You Work for a Great Company?

Laura Garnett | Posted 06.21.2014 | Business
Laura Garnett

A successful company meets it's revenue goals and continues to grow. But a great company does that in addition to creating an environment where their ...

Eliminating Performance Appraisals

Ed Lawler | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Ed Lawler

Of course, even the best performance management system cannot make all managers effective at setting goals, coaching, and giving feedback. The answer for them is not eliminating the appraisal system; it is eliminating them.

Rating and Ranking in Performance Appraisals

Michele Masterfano | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business
Michele Masterfano

In many companies today, performance appraisals are all about what is going wrong. That should be turned around, so that there is more of a conversation of what is going right, and if it isn't, how that can be fixed.

Lies, Damned Lies and Employee Surveys!

Dominic Irvine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dominic Irvine

Employee surveys are a distraction; they cost a lot of money, produce data of questionable value and waste time and resources that could be better spent on doing business. The problem is they have now become an end in themselves.

The Life Out Loud: Turning Dreams Into Reality With Vision Boards

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.17.2013 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

Have you ever tried making a vision board? It's often one of the first assignments I give my coaching clients -- a powerful visual way of creatively connecting with your hopes and dreams.

Improving employee performance reviews

Tom Fox | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

The term "performance management" often strikes fear in the hearts of supervisors and employees alike. They tend to think about the dreaded performanc...

Make Performance Appraisals Change Friendly

Ed Lawler | Posted 10.06.2013 | Business
Ed Lawler

In addition to having the right structure and technology, a change friendly performance management system requires managers who are skilled in managing performance.

The Nonprofit Imperative: Following the Evidence, but Leading the Charge

Dan Cardinali | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

For the past several weeks, I've been writing about the urgent need to redefine "success" in the nonprofit sector.

Five Steps to Turn Data Into Dollars

Juma Ventures | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Juma Ventures

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Outcomes! Data-driven! Performance management! These words are buzzing throughout the nonprofit sector. Funders want to fund them, nonprofits want to have them. How do you get your nonprofit to the point where data can demonstrate that you're effective?

Will Phil See His Shadow?

Cindy Auten | Posted 04.03.2013 | Business
Cindy Auten

The irregular weather patterns lately have us all scurrying to find our jackets, snow gear, or even at times flip flops. It's been an odd season. That's where we see a huge return in working remotely.

Outrageous Executive Compensation: Corporate Boards, Not the Market, Are to Blame

Ed Lawler | Posted 12.17.2012 | Business
Ed Lawler

If boards do not reduce how much executives are compensated, there is a good possibility that further government regulations will be created and that large shareholders will become more active.

Dreamforce and the Social Enterprise: An Interview With Terri Griffith

Phil Simon | Posted 11.25.2012 | Business
Phil Simon

The Salesforce.com annual pow-wow took place last week amid much fanfare. While I could not attend, I was able to get a first-hand account of it through Terri Griffith, a professor of Management at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business.

5 Ways to Retain Employees and Reduce Unemployment

Morgan Norman | Posted 11.25.2012 | Business
Morgan Norman

Managers, listen up: stop making your employees quit -- you're not doing the unemployment rate a favor, after all. Switch up your leadership style and stop watching your best employees walk away. Here's how

Failure Is a Winning Strategy

Josh Sawislak | Posted 10.21.2012 | DC
Josh Sawislak

Most days I write about management issues such as the intersection of work and technology, remote collaboration, and management by objective, not attendance. Today I want to talk about how we fail.

Performance Appraisals Are Dead, Long Live Performance Management

Ed Lawler | Posted 09.22.2012 | Business
Ed Lawler

Instead of wasting our time debating whether to eliminate performance appraisals, we should be talking about how to make them more effective.

How Not to Conduct a Performance Review

Donna Flagg | Posted 08.13.2012 | Business
Donna Flagg

At its core, employees need to walk away from their evaluation understanding what effect their past behavior has had on the business and also, what they can do going forward to ensure they continue contributing to their own growth as well as to that of the company's.

No Phones, Unlimited Vacation and They Clean Your House

Josh Sawislak | Posted 06.26.2012 | Business
Josh Sawislak

If you have ever been interested in the idea of pure outcome-based management, you should watch this company. Phil Libin has instituted some very interesting and unusual policies at Evernote.

How to Manage Difficult People

Donna Flagg | Posted 09.24.2011 | Business
Donna Flagg

If you're a manager, then you know what it is to have a problem employee and are probably also familiar with how difficult he or she is to handle. It ...

Evaluating Employees? Add Environmental and Societal Impact to Your Performance Checklist

Ed Lawler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ed Lawler

Employees don't have to make tough decisions about trade-offs and are not focused on making win/win/win decisions with respect to profit, people and planet.