How to Ditch Performance Reviews

Lead Change Blog

Are annual performance reviews necessary? Dr. David Burkus, a highly regarded business school professor and author of Under New Management , challenges the traditional and widely accepted principles of business management and proves that they are outdated, outmoded, or simply don’t work — and reveals what does. Set aside an hour to listen in as David discusses why accepted management practices don’t work—and how innovative companies are changing the rules.

How Conduct a Remarkably Better Post-Mortem Review

Let's Grow Leaders

Ditch the Post-Mortem and Hold a Post-Project Celebration If you’re like most managers we talk with, you know the importance of post-mortem reviews. But unless your project ends in disaster, it’s easy to skip the review and move on to the next […]. The post How Conduct a Remarkably Better Post-Mortem Review appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Career & Learning Project Management after action review post-mortem review project management

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Call for leadership reviewers!

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Reviews [link] We’re looking for reviewers for four new books that are launching in the next month or two. Please read a brief synopsis of each First up is Managers as Mentors by Chip Bell and Marshall Goldsmith. Reviews Books reviews We’re very excited to be part of the launch of these books. Subtitled “Building Partnerships for Learning,” this book [.].

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30 Useful Performance Review Phrases

HR Digest

Performance reviews are an essential tool in giving employee feedback and determining areas of improvement and excellence. . No manager actually enjoys doing performance reviews. Added to the problem is how do you handle reviews of large departments.

How to Eliminate Performance Reviews

Leadership Freak

Traditional performance reviews are like the Easter Bunny. Distraction: Traditional performance reviews distract HR and management from more useful tasks like real human development and culture building. Culture Feedback Goals Interview Leading Managing Personal Growth Taking others higher Leadership Development Management Organizational Development performance reviews They don’t really deliver.

Harvard Business Review Leader's Handbook

Eric Jacobson

Read the new, Harvard Business Review Leader's Handbook. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Harvard Business Review Leader's Handbook Leaders Leadership Leadership BooksNew to your leadership position?

How to Make Your Performance Review Process Suck Less

Next Level Blog

This is the time of year when a lot of the leaders I work with are buckling down to write up annual performance reviews for the people on their team. This is a process that almost no one enjoys – neither the reviewer or the reviewee. Seriously, do you know anyone in any role who looks forward to an annual performance review? There are a lot of reasons why annual performance review processes usually suck. What are you trying to accomplish with the review conversation?

Full Steam Ahead! Book Review

Lead Change Blog

“…We have observed that the biggest impediment to managers becoming great leaders is the lack of a clear vision. Yet less than 10 percent of the organizations we have visited are lead by managers who have a clear sense of where they are trying to lead people.”. Leadership Development Resources Reviews character-based leadership engagement Growth Leadership mission purpose Self Development Teamwork values vision

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Book Review of The Decision Maker by Dennis Bakke

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Career Development Change Management Leadership Coaching Dennis W. He is currently the manager of Imagine Schools, a commercial charter school. Career Development Change Management Leadership Coaching Book Review Decision Maker employee engagement Leadership Problem Solving Bakke is a CEO and an entrepreneur.

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Replacing the Performance Review

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Dr. Tim Baker There is considerable and contestable debate in blogosphere and elsewhere about the viability of the performance review. Another group thinks that with some modifications, the performance review will be fine. My research of managers suggests that in its current form there are eight problems the traditional appraisal has. The End’ for the traditional performance review but just the beginning for a groundbreaking new model.”.

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life (Book Review)


My Review of the Book. In less than 200 pages, the authors try to cover many things like ageing, food, yoga, tai chi, stress management, concept of flow state, stories about centenarians from Okinawa in Japan, resilience, meditation and antifragility.

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Why We Hate Performance Reviews and How to Improve Them

Great Leadership By Dan

Everyone hates performance reviews for three reasons that we just need to accept. Read my latest post over at Management and Leadership to find out why and how: Why We Hate Performance Reviews and How to Improve Them. annual performance review performance appraisals performance management performance reviewsHowever, there are three relatively simple fixes that can make the process a lot less painful.

Why You Should Ditch Your Performance Reviews

Lead from Within

Every year, more and more organizations are ditching annual performance reviews. Think back over the process for annual reviews and how much time and effort they take—preparing the reviews, discussing them, writing them up, sending them through approvals. The biggest problem with annual performance reviews,however, isn’t that they’re time-consuming. Photo Credit: iStock Photo The post Why You Should Ditch Your Performance Reviews appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

Five Reasons Performance Reviews Suck

Leadership Freak

** Every performance review I ever had was a colossal waste of time. Performance reviews are like Santa Clause, they don’t really deliver. Communication Feedback Goals Leading Managing Personal Growth Taking others higher Values mission & vision change behaviors Leadership Development model behaviors Organizational Development organizational values performance reviewsThe dust laying on yours indicates it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on.

A Practical Application – Performance Reviews

Joseph Lalonde

For many people, performance reviews seem like rather soulless exercises driven by organizational imperatives. Unless a leader or manager consciously sets out to make the performance review process about more than numbers, it’s not likely to help employees grow or gain greater insight into themselves and their work. If the manager said good things, people just humbly hung their heads or maybe smiled.

Three Tips for Pain Free Performance Reviews

Next Level Blog

This is the time of year that instills fear and loathing in the hearts of managers everywhere. The bad news is you may also be planning to spend some of those precious hours writing up annual performance reviews for the people that report to you. If that sounds like what you’ll be doing over the next couple of weeks, I’m here with three tips to help make it at least somewhat pain free for you as you write the reviews and, more importantly, as you deliver them in the weeks to come.

December 2018 Leadership Development Carnival: A Year in Review

Lead Change Blog

Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership provided Why Managers Don’t Listen (Poor Listener Syndrome): and the Cures! Dan shares: “ Listening is one of the most consistently lowest rated behaviors in 360 degree feedback assessments for managers. It’s a management disease – Poor Listener Syndrome (PLS)! The post December 2018 Leadership Development Carnival: A Year in Review appeared first on Lead Change. Welcome to the December Leadership Development Carnival.

How to Get Reviews: 3 Ways to Get More Product Reviews

Strategy Driven

Does your company need reviews but you’re not sure how to get them? Product reviews are important in showing potential customers that you have a community of customers that use your products, increasing brand reliability. Make Leaving a Review as Easy as Possible.

Managing Change Effectively

Lead Change Blog

Combatting the impact of individuals’ cynicism, especially when exacerbated by an apparent lack of buy-in from middle management. A lack of ‘Why’ and ‘Can Do’ modeling, especially by leaders and managers. Uncertainty and confusion on the part of managers tasked with handling “sensitive material.” Developing a shared focus on becoming a “learning organisation” and actively managing its cultural change.

Major Consultancy Simplifies Performance Reviews

Tony Mayo

For Executives Leadership Development Team Manager Skills Executive Leadership Leadership Leadership Skills Development Performance Reviews Everyone loves to hate performance evaluations, and with good reason: Research has shown them to be ineffective, unreliable and unsatisfactory for seemingly everyone involved. They consume way too much time, leave most workers deflated and feel increasingly out of step with reality.

3 Ways to Prepare for a Better Performance Review

Let's Grow Leaders

As I sat on the beach sipping my chardonnay, I vowed to never blow off preparing for a performance review again. Give it a try as you prepare for your own performance review, or share with your team to help them prepare for their meeting with you. 3 Ways to Prepare For a Better Performance Review. Nothing impresses me more than when employees come to their review with a spot-on list of what they could have done better, areas for development, and how I can help.

Major Consultancy Simplifies Performance Reviews

Tony Mayo

For Executives Leadership Development Team Manager Skills Executive Leadership Leadership Leadership Skills Development Performance ReviewsEveryone loves to hate performance evalua […].

Review: Managers as Mentors by Chip Bell and Marshall Goldsmith


Ability to provide mentoring is a part of almost every manager’s KRA. Managers are the glue that builds engaged teams in organizations. But the reality is that managers get so engrossed with lines – deadlines and bottom lines – that they forget they also need to help others grow. If I were to judge a manager’s performance, I would do so based on two parameters: 1) How effectively do the managers get the job done? Also read: Other Book Reviews at QAspire Blog.

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An Effective Business Review Meeting?

N2Growth Blog

Everywhere I go I hear complaints about Business Review Meetings. Another common complaint about Business Review Meetings is that nearly always the time gets hijacked with discussions on day-to-day operating or tactical issues, especially when we have a room full of engineers turned managers; they quickly dive down into trying to fix the problem right then. Start and end each meeting with a review of the vision and mission (One Team – One Plan – One Goal). By John R.

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Why Leaders Need To Stop Using Performance Reviews

Tanveer Naseer

I don’t like performance reviews. Here are three thumbnail cases against performance reviews that you should find terrifying. Argument 1: Performance reviews can put off for up to a year what needs attention now Performance reviews can be a passive-aggressive haven for managers afraid to lead in the present. You tell yourself if the individual doing wrong doesn’t figure it out by the next performance review cycle, you will deal with it then.

How to properly execute an online review management program

Strategy Driven

00As a business owner or manager, if you are thinking about assembling an online review management program, you are already on the right path to managing the reputation of your company online. Executing on Your Online Review Management Program. We always recommend auditing your current online reviews prior to putting a new plan in place, so that you can set goals appropriately and log progress against the original values. Review the Results.

Review of “The New Extraordinary Leader”

The Practical Leader

Almost 20 years ago, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman began a two-year research project to review 360 assessments on over 20,000 leaders. The post Review of “The New Extraordinary Leader” appeared first on The Clemmer Group.

7 Ways to Prepare for a Performance Review so it won’t Feel Like a Root Canal: Manager Version

Great Leadership By Dan

The annual employee performance review is an essential human resource process for documenting how well an employee performed throughout the year, an opportunity to provide feedback to the employee, and serves as a springboard for setting performance and development objectives for the coming year. feedback performance appraisals performance review process preparation

The Dreaded Annual Review

Coaching Tip

This is the question on everyone''s mind when supervisor and employee meet for the (dreaded) annual review. Whose review? Shouldn''t business owners and managers regard the annual review of their own performance and think of their employees as coworkers? The ideal procedure for the annual review is: 1. When it''s time for the annual review, make sure to conduct it within a week or two of the anniversary date. Separate Feedback from Performance Reviews.

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Review of Humanity: A Hopeful History

The Practical Leader

They must be supervised, managed, regulated, and monitored (often with technology). The post Review of Humanity: A Hopeful History appeared first on The Clemmer Group. Uncategorized optimism book review Kindness Pygmalion rutger bregman Humankind: A Hopeful History realism humanity

Management Tips from Harvard Business Review: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Management Tips from Harvard Business Review Various Contributors Harvard Business Review Press (2011) 150 “tips”…almost unlimited “icebergs” Here are 150 “Management Tips of the Day” that have been featured by the Harvard Business Review blog ([link] On average, each has a total word count of about 50 and is best viewed as a reminder rather [.].

Terminate Performance Reviews

Tony Mayo

Knowledge at Wharton published a very well-done summary article on the problems with and alternatives to the traditional annual performance review. “an overall performance management process — one that focuses on goal setting, feedback, coaching and clear statements of the company’s performance expectations — is absolutely critical&# and indeed, is [.]. For Executives Performance Reviews

End Meeting Nightmares: Manage Results, Not Activity

General Leadership

Want to review housekeeping details weekly? Manage results. The post End Meeting Nightmares: Manage Results, Not Activity appeared first on General Leadership. Curator Posts activity culture meetings nightmare results time and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at [link]. “A meeting is an event at which the minutes are kept and the hours are lost.”

Three Most Common Traps In Project Management

Eric Jacobson

In Susanne Madsen’s book, The Power Of Project Leadership , she recommends that you do not fall prey to these three most common traps in project management: Managing tasks, events and processes at the expense of leading people.

Book Review: Managing the Millennials


Leading/managing Millennials is fast becoming a lucrative niche-field for writers and consultants to help companies with. Chip Espinoza, Mick Ukleja and Craig Rusch wrote “ Managing the Millennials: Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Today’s Workforce ” and in my opinion, it’s one of the best books on the subject. I guess they interviewed “good” and “bad” managers, as recommended by HR department. Featured Espinoza management millennials Rusch Ukleja

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Book Review from Amy’s Bookshelf

In the CEO Afterlife

I really commend how Bell managed to depict a lot of violence throughout the book, including rape and assault, and while he didn’t leave much to the imagination, I think with a book which is dealing with one of the worst few years in our history, he was right not to sugarcoat it. Bell is successful in his depiction of history and manages to portray the power of friendship, love and forgiveness triumphantly.

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Team Learning from reviewing what works and how to improve

Mike Cardus

Do you facilitate a team debrief or after-action review? Have you wondered how to facilitate a team debrief through a learning and review process? The post Team Learning from reviewing what works and how to improve appeared first on

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How to Improve Your Annual Review Process


The end of year performance review process is broken but leaders can take 6 steps to change their performance culture and become better leaders in the process. Today’s post is by Mike Figliuolo, Managing Director of thoughtLEADERS and author of One Piece of Paper(CLICK HERE to get your copy).

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. Books Developing Others Leadership Learning coaching performance reviews 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 [.].

Book Review: Give and Take by Adam Grant

Survive Your Promotion

So this review has been a bit delayed, but not because the book was not interesting or compelling, but rather because it was so applicable and observationally accurate in my day to day life. Book Reviews Adam Grant books Communication effectiveness Goals Inspiration leadership Life management managing conflict Motivation Promotion Team Time Management Tools It took me a long time to read Give and Take although not for the reason you might think.

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Wait, I’m the Boss?!? The Guide for New Managers to Succeed

Skip Prichard

New managers , or those aspiring to manage a team, often are looking for a playbook to help them get started. And, let’s face it, seasoned managers often need a refresher on some of the basics. How I wish we had an entire day to talk about management and leadership.

Manager: Let Employees Do It

Tony Mayo

But I also want to review you along the way, I want you to tell me how you’re getting those results and I want you to review all these processes and everything else.” For Executives Delegation Micro-Managers Performance Reviews There’s this tendency to say to people: “I want you to get good results.

After the Talent Review…Now What?

Great Leadership By Dan

One of the participants, an HR manager, raised her hand and asked: “We’ve recently implemented a talent review process, so we’ve done a decent job assessing our leaders, but now we’re struggling with what to do next. Here are 20 suggestions for what to do after a talent review. Don’t wait to discuss development – do it at the same talent review meeting. I was at a conference recently and the session topic was leadership development and succession planning.

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