Category Archives: Performance Management

Sometimes it’s better to receive than to give

better to receive

I think we can all agree on at least one thing related to Performance Management.  Giving meaningful feedback – particularly when it is critical – is tough tough tough.  Even those of us who make a living at it need to work it really hard.  Sure, some are naturals.  But most aren’t. How many of…

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Stop Trying to be Smarter than a 5th Grader!

smarter than a 5th grader

HR is notorious for making the lives of others more difficult.  Policies, rules, forms, processes, paperwork…stuff that gets in the way of the business.  The business needs some of it, but it doesn’t need it to be a nuisance.  And most of it, unfortunately, is a nuisance. So as an HR professional, you’re starting off with…

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Asian Carp and a Company’s Fragile Ecosystem

The workplace is a fragile ecosystem.  Interdependency abounds.  The actions (or inactions) of one effect those of many.  Energy levels ebb and flow based on the collective contributions of everyone.  Moods are contagious.  Optimal performance is possible only when each of its components are humming along.  And as with most ecosystems, the introduction of a foreign body can…

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Performance Records Go To Hanger-51

President Obama wants to computerize and standardize all medical records within the next 5 years.  An ambition some call audacious and others call imperative.  Proponents suggest that Electronic Medical Records (EMR) technologies would, among other things,  ultimately facilitate a higher standard of care to patients.  Essentially, an integrated system would allow a patient to accumulate a comprehensive…

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Toyota, Herd Mentality, and HR

Let me start by saying that my sincere sympathies go out to anyone who has been harmed in any way by the Toyota accelerator/floor mat issues.  It sucks you’ve been hurt and I hope appropriate reconciliation will come your way…if even possible.  Having said that… Would all you other crazy-hypersensitive-sky is falling-little ninny nanny-overly judgmental-freakazoids please just cool…

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