The Essential Performance Review Handbook

Kevin Eikenberry

By Sharon Armstrong Most all managers and leaders do performance reviews, and most don’t look forward to them. This practical and broad ranging book may help. About the final third of the book is a compilation of sample forms that an organization could adopt or adapt, but the first 130 pages applies to all leaders [.]. Books Developing Others Leadership Learning coaching performance reviews

Don’t Hide These Easter Eggs in Your First Employee Handbook

Women on Business

Guest Posts employee handbook human resourcesWe've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] If you haven't already done so, update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. link].

The Office Politics Handbook: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Office Politics Handbook: Winning the Game of Power and Politics at Work Jack Godwin Career Pess (2013) How to survive and then thrive by effectively managing micropolitics in the contemporary workplace As I began to read this book, I was reminded of another, Jeff Pfeffer’s Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t. […].

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 10/21/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

dence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and Self-Doubt Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic The Office Politics Handbook: Winning the Game of Power and Politics at Work Jack Godwin Unlimited Sales Success: 12 Simple Steps for Selling More Than You Ever […]. I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Conf!dence:

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Change with Confidence

Leading Blog

Change with Confidence by Phil Buckley is a great handbook for working through a big change project. The book is organized around 50 critical and practical questions change leaders ask. The examples provided throughout the book mostly reflect his experience as co-lead in the global integration of Kraft and Cadbury. I think that this is some of the hardest change to lead because you are not just merging systems and processes but different organizational cultures.

Are you taking notes the best way you can?

Jason Womack

Here''s the Book Review I wrote on The Sketchnotes Handbook. I met Mike Rohde while I was in Portland last month; we hit it off, and decided to trade books with each other. Hope you enjoy reading this review (and, go get your own copy; it''s AWEsome!). Books

Jack Godwin: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Foreign Policy (The Ethics of American Foreign Policy) the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom The Office Politics Handbook: Winning the Game of Power and Politics at Work Tom Davenport University of California/Berkeley University of Hawaii Voltaire Jack Godwin, PhD, is a political scientist whose appeal spans the political spectrum.

The Best Collection of Advice for New Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the August 5 th , 2013 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! John Hunter , from Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog : “Read The Leader’s Handbook by Peter R. For this month’s Carnival, I asked an all-star collection of leadership experts the following question: What is one piece of advice would you give to a new leader/manager? Ah, if only I had this when I got my first promotion. This list is a keeper!

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28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

One book, I would have anyone who worked for me read is the Leader''s Handbook. Welcome to the September edition of the Leadership Development Carnival ! For this month’s edition, I asked an all-star cadre of leadership development bloggers, authors, and consultants to submit an answer to the following question: “We all know that individual development plans (IDPs) need to be tailored for each leader.

6 Interview Questions To Ask To Identify A Leader

Eric Jacobson

Thanks to Sharon Armstrong, author of The Essential HR Handbook , for these helpful questions The next time you are interviewing a candidate and you want to access their leadership skills, consider asking the candidate these questions : What personal qualities define you as a leader? Describe a situation when these qualities helped you lead others. Give an example of when you demonstrated good leadership. What is the toughest group from which you''ve had to get cooperation?

How Good Are You in Managing Office Politics?

Coaching Tip

says Jack Godwin author of " THE OFFICE POLITICS HANDBOOK." Sources: Jack Godwin: The Office Politics Handbook: Winning the Game of Power and Politics at Work. “Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.” Plato (paraphrased). Politics are about power, the acquisition of power, the distribution of power, the uses and abuses of power.

Team Expectations are NOT Team Goals

Great Results Team Building

And the standards that become accepted are not always those that you have printed in your employee handbook. Although they are often mistakenly used interchangeably, there is a huge difference between team expectations and team goals. Most leaders are quite familiar with goal setting. There are dozens of programs and books and suggested methods of setting smart and compelling goals for your organization. Goals are your main objectives and the ultimate success that you visualize achieving.

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When To Be A Coach. When To Be A Counselor

Eric Jacobson

And, as Sharon Armstrong further shares in her book, " The Essential HR Handbook ," a good manager who is both a coach and a counselor: Motivates employees to do good work Reinforces good performance Encourages employees to stretch Sets clear expectations Provides positive feedback on an ongoing basis Provides constructive feedback on a timely basis Acknowledges employees'' progress toward their goals. A good manager is both a coach and a counselor.

How can I get useful ideas through to management?

Mike Cardus

The bold headings above are from ‘The Leader’s Handbook’ Peter R. We all have sat in a development workshop and said: This is good stuff, how do I get my boss to adapt these ideas? This will only work if management gets on board. I really wish my manager was here to hear this, he is the one that needs to make the change. I’m looking forward to sharing this with upper-management and getting their buy-in.

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 5/13/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS The Lean Practitioner’s Handbook Mark Eaton HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategic Marketing HBR Editors and various contributors Weaving the Web: the Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee Untapped […].

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What is Wrong with Performance Appraisals?

Mike Cardus

Referenced: The false assumptions are from “The Leader’s Handbook” Peter Scholtes. The phone rings it’s Will. In a hushed tone he tells me: “ Mike, our CEO went to an off-site executive development retreat and wants to change our entire performance appraisal system and he wants it done by the end of the next week!”. I ask, “ any guidelines on how he wants things changed?”. Will, “He said he wants clearer objective metrics. I have no f@#$ing clue what that means.”.

Current Method / Better Way Matrix Team Building Activity

Mike Cardus

Reference : First saw this technique in ‘The Team Handbook’ by Scholtes, Joiner, Streibel. Current Method / Better Way Matrix Team Building Activity. Purpose / Objective: Challenging assumptions about what is possible. Team Project tool to create shared language of progress & regress. Innovation tool. Every company, team and person has established patters of What, Where, When, Who and How something gets done.

The Questions To Ask During An Interview To Identify A Leader

Eric Jacobson

Thanks to Sharon Armstrong, author of The Essential HR Handbook , for these helpful questions! The next time you are interviewing a candidate and you want to access their leadership skills, consider asking the candidate these questions: What personal qualities define you as a leader? Describe a situation when these qualities helped you lead others. Give an example of when you demonstrated good leadership. What is the toughest group from which you''ve had to get cooperation?

The Key Questions To Ask During An Exit Interview

Eric Jacobson

Knowing why an employee leaves your company can help you to reduce your employee turnover rate. That''s because you can use the reasons a departing employee provides to gather information about processes, people and departments that might need some redirection to correct situations that may have contributed to the employee''s reasons for leaving. So, do an exit interview whenever possible with each departing employee.

What Leadership Book Will Be On Your 2014 Reading List?

Eric Jacobson

As you think about what business books you want to read next year, how about adding to the list at least one book from the list below. Perhaps a book that will help you improve your leadership skills. Awhile back, members of five groups on the professional social media web site LinkedIn voluntarily recommended their favorite books about leadership. They responded to a group discussion question, "Best Leadership Books -- What''s Your Favorite?"

StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective – The Government has Created a Monster

Strategy Driven

The latter role was codified in the Federal Deposit Insurance Act of 1950, which provided the FDIC “additional powers to both expedite the liquidation process for banks and thrifts in order to maintain confidence in the nation’s banking system,” the FDIC’s Resolution Handbook explains. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has served as an integral part of the nation’s financial system since its inception in 1933.

4 Questions with Brad Lomenick about “The Catalyst Leader”

Ron Edmondson

It’s a practical guide for leading now, and leading well, serving as a leadership handbook for the next generation of leaders in our country. We wanted to create a leadership guide, the “ultimate” handbook on influence. I have loved working with Catalyst over the last few years. Love what they are doing. Love how they are impacting the church by helping us think and lead bigger and better.

Revealing Leadership Insights From Thinkers50

Tanveer Naseer

And, the winner of the 2013 Thinkers50, Clay Christensen, now sees his ideas of disruptive innovation used and applied by managers in their relentless quest for competitive advantage. Rise of the Chinese thinkers The big story in the 2013 Thinkers50 was the arrival of the first Chinese thinkers in the ranking. Women lean in The other big story in the 2013 Thinkers50 was the increased number of women featured.

Please Stop Complaining About How Busy You Are

Harvard Business Review

seem like they''re lifted from the Worst Case Scenario Handbook , there seems to be a constant exchange, even a a one-upping, of just how much we have on our plates when we communicate about our work. We''re all just so "busy" these days. Slammed" in fact. Buried." Desperately "trying to keep our heads above water." While these common responses to "How are you?"

Your Company Is Only as Good as Your Writing

Harvard Business Review

Today, since so many HBR readers wrote to us asking about iFixit''s writing process, I have that handbook to share with you. Our free Tech Writing Handbook is the culmination of years of practice, of continually sharing our opinions and perspectives. Good writing: Businesses claim to practice it, support it, and value it. But more often than not, their money isn''t where their mouth is. Poor grammar and jargon-riddled writing are rampant.

‘Managers as Mentors’ Celebrates Publication Anniversary

Marshall Goldsmith

” Leadership guru Jim Kouzes called the book, “The essential handbook for all those who are trusted advisors to aspiring leaders.” In both 2011 and 2013, I was recognized as one of the top ten Most Influential Business Thinkers in the World – and the top-ranked executive coach – at the biennial Thinkers50 Award ceremony in London.

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The Best Leadership Books of 2014

Leading Blog

Baldoni also provides an appendix that works as a handbook to guide you in this. Related Interest: Best Leadership Books of 2013. A S LEADERS we must learn and grow. We must be creative and innovative in our organizations but perhaps more importantly, in working on ourselves. The context we lead in requires nothing short of radical personal development. All of the following titles cover an aspect of this need. An environment of rapid change demands more and better questions from us.

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The Next Big Opportunity for Startups

Harvard Business Review

I am often astounded by the personnel policies and employee handbooks of young companies that seem to be innovative but have severely outdated policies in place — similar to the policies I had worked to change at my old job. When I made the transition two years ago from working with a 100 year-old organization — one I had called home for almost eight years — to working with companies sometimes less than 100 hours old, I assumed I would see tremendous differences.

Research: Your Firm Probably Isn't an Equal Opportunity Employer

Harvard Business Review

Anyone who has hiring responsibilities in 2013 would like to think that the U.S. Your company no doubt has a strong equal opportunity commitment in your employee handbook and on the company website. is tackling diversity head-on. But how far have American companies really come? We have been examining what has happened to equal opportunity in the private sector since the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

SAC and the Strange Focus on Insider Trading

Harvard Business Review

Just in the past few months, the Columbia Business Law Review has come out with an entire issue devoted to the topic (based on a symposium held at Columbia last fall), and Edward Elgar has published a 512-page Research Handbook on Insider Trading (list price, $240) edited by UCLA Law Professor (and prolific blogger ) Stephen Bainbridge.

Is It Ever OK to Break Into Your Colleague’s Computer?

Harvard Business Review

At large companies, employee handbooks warn us not to expect privacy protection for whatever content we write, read, watch, or send on corporate owned computing equipment , including our smartphones. Rick was looking for Kelly, one of the analysts who supported his consulting team. Kelly’s hours were a mystery, and Rick was confused and annoyed. He tried to check her calendar online, but, after struggling to locate it, he solicited help from an IT specialist.


Hiring an Intern? What to Do Before the Summer Starts

Harvard Business Review

Instead, hire a marketing intern to launch a digital marketing campaign for college students or an HR intern to update the employee handbook. Recently, the marketing director for a tech start-up told me that her CEO was furiously drafting job descriptions for a half-dozen summer interns. She was planning to bring a small army of youngsters on board to help push her business into overdrive this summer.

Brands Should Learn to Give Up Some Control

Harvard Business Review

But of course they must bite the hand that feeds them," the new marketing handbook says. Portlandia (Fridays, 10:00, IFC) has started its third season. Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney) continue to search the city for satiric targets.

My Name Is Marshall Goldsmith…

Marshall Goldsmith

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith has been recognized again as one of the top ten Most-Influential Business Thinkers in the World and the top-ranked executive coach at the 2013 biennial Thinkers50 ceremony in London! The AMA Handbook of Leadership , The Organization of the Future 2 , and The Leadership Investment – all three are American Library Association – Choice award winners for academic business books of the year. And I’m excited to ring in the New Year together!

QAspire Blog 2012: Essential Posts Redux


This year, I contributed a 23 page chapter in “ The ASTD Management Development Handbook ” published by American Society for Training and Development. I will see you in 2013. 2012 was a fantastic year. Lot of writing, a few speaking engagements, many inspiring conversations some recognitions made this year a memorable one. 2012 also bought me the recognition amongst “ Top 20 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media (at #4) ” by Society of Human Resources Management, SHRM India.

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The Failure of “The Livonia Philosophy” at my GM Plant

Deming Institute

One of my colleagues gave me a copy of a “Livonia Philosophy” handbook that was gathering dust, and I’ve kept to this day. Mark also co-authored Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements, which was released in June 2012 and also a Shingo Research Award recipient in 2013. Guest post by Mark Graban. As I wrote about in my first post , my first job out of college was at the GM Livonia Engine Plant, outside of Detroit.

Improve Decision-Making With Help From the Crowd

Harvard Business Review

In January 2013 they created “ IBM iFundIT ,” a program in which volunteers decide where to spend seed money using an intranet site for proposing ideas, commenting, volunteering, and funding. Given the success of the program in 2013, IBM’s CIO decided to invest $7 million to expand iFundIT in 2014. We don’t have any management, and nobody ‘reports to’ anybody else,” says Valve’s handbook for new employees.


How Managers Can Be Fair About Flexibility for Parents and Non-Parents Alike

Harvard Business

” One of us (Joan) has been studying this phenomenon for years, specifically in a 2013 article with Mary Blair-Loy and Jennifer Berdahl titled, “The Flexibility Stigma: Work Devotion vs. Family Devotion.” But don’t let your supportive policies die in the employee handbook. Jorg Greuel/Getty Images. Bias against parents — and especially mothers — has been well documented.