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The Manager Bail-Out: Initiating Performance Management Conversations

Rating scales are always popular topics among everyone—management teams, first-level managers and employees—because everyone has a set of experiences based on their exposure to performance management. Today, I’m going to argue the side of having fewer, rather than more, points on your rating scale system when it comes to how you rate an employee’s performance. To most of your managers, giving feedback […]

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Kick Employee Surveys To The Curb

Employee Engagement …an overused phrase and an underused action.  Bloomberg hosts The Management Blog which hones in on trends and issues within management. In an article from 2012, Liz Ryan states, “Every decade or so, a bright new theory about managing people gets HR chiefs all excited. In the 1980s, it was the 360 Evaluation. In the nineties, we had Automated Applicant-Tracking Systems […]

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Do You Have A Talent Strategy?

A great organization is made up of great people. So it’s no wonder organizations are putting so much energy into identifying, developing, and retaining what have become known as their “A Players.” Many large organizations have well-developed systems for managing and motivating their high-performance and high-potential staff—and for removing their poor performers. Well-respected management thinkers, like Larry Bossidy, have largely […]

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Hiring Personality Vs Prowess

You want your sales representatives to have an edge, more than one layer of personality, and the ability to woo people over—details don’t really matter when you have a strong persona bringing in the game.  As for your person that is highly involved in tech… we can throw personality out the door. We want a high details focus and 100% accuracy… right? […]

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Two Times Managers Should Stop Talking

Let’s face it—managing people is hard. There are things you have to say at every turn: “Do this for me.” “Don’t forget that.” “I’m following up with you because of this.” The trap? Most managers are so focused on what they need to say that they forget there are times when they should say nothing. The soft way to say […]

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