A discussion with a friend about his recent performance review reminded me that, as human beings, we’re all apt to “miss the forest for the trees” on occasion. Sometimes we can do something well, and still miss the point of the exercise. This is such a story.
Looking somewhat dejected, my friend handed me a copy of his performance review and asked me to read it. Seeing his demeanor, I was expecting to find nasty comments or low ratings on the review. As I read through it, though, I saw that it was clearly a very positive review, with a number of strong compliments –even ending with a handwritten note from his boss thanking him for his service and looking forward to even greater success in the coming year.
“I’m a little confused,” I told him. “This is a great review.”
“It is,” he replied.
“It looks your boss has done just about everything we would teach in a Continue reading
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Tagged bosses, company culture, Employee engagement, Human Resource, Leadership, Motivation and Rewards, Performance appraisal
Naming an HR database after Star Trek villains wasn't a good omen
This is the second in our series of posts around the idea of “managing by cliches.”
During the past few weeks, I’ve been involved in a number of on-line and real-life discussions about the merits of various performance evaluation systems. One colleague described a particular system as being powerful but “difficult to learn and implement.” This brought mind past experiences implementing unwieldy systems — times when it seemed that rather than the system working for us, we were working for the system (never a desirable state of affairs).
The Klingon System
Once about a time, I worked for a Fortune-500 company that chose to implement “Klingon” as its HRIS database. OK — that wasn’t really its name Continue reading
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Tagged Business, database, Excellence, executives, HRIS, Human Resources, Klingon, management, Performance appraisal, system