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Silence is Golden

The biggest mistake managers make in performance management is wanting to tell an employee what to do. My definition of telling? Not letting the employee interact with you in a meaningful way during any performance conversation.  A general rule of thumb with any performance conversation, whether formal or informal – if you’re the manager and you’re doing 80-90% of the […]

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“I Disagree” Is Not An Option

Have you ever felt like you’re playing charades so that someone will understand what you’re trying to say? You try to get your opinion in the conversation, but their interest is little to none. Maybe they understand what you’re saying, but they just don’t care… It’s easy to ask ourselves these following questions and blow-up the situation in our mind:  […]

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Don’t Be a Dictator! Let The Employee Talk About How They View Their Own Performance

Let’s say you’re sitting down to deliver a performance review to one of your employees, or you’re doing a performance check-in that’s not the formal review.  At some point, you want to let the employee talk about how they view their own performance, right? Sure you do.  After all, you’re not a dictator, right?  At least not intentionally. Let’s break […]

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Striving For Failure

Dealing with failure is about as glorious as Black Friday shopping. It’s a huge hassel. There’s disappointment, rage, the price is high and you come home feeling beat down. Dramatic enough? Definitely.  How we deal with failure affects everything we strive to accomplish. As children, failure didn’t phase most of us. If something didn’t work out, “oh well,” moving on […]

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Surviving Your Performance Review

No one likes performance reviews. Traditional reviews are neither pleasant to give nor get. They make everyone feel anxious and usually end in disappointment for all involved. Done badly, performance reviews can lead to performance deteriorating rather than improving.

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