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Managers manage team energy, not team performance

This post will probably be fairly short — I haven’t blogged in a few days due to a couple of different reasons, and mostly I wanted to dip my toe back in the water — and it’s probably somewhat similar… Continue Reading

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Kill performance reviews = develop employees faster

I just had my first performance review in about seven years (I’ve only worked at this job for about 14 months). I ain’t gonna go and blog about it because I guess it’s proprietary / ain’t my story to tell… Continue Reading

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Start by trying to understand what your salary represents

Lest you think I’m going to arrive here throwing turds and/or grenades at corporate pay structures, let’s start by covering off on one thing: I actually took a graduate-level compensation class in, well, graduate school … and I got an… Continue Reading

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360 degree feedback = concentration camp

360 Degree Feedback

When I was doing the whole UMN HRIR thing — which kind of broadly regressed my life in some ways — one of the major companies that came to speak to us was Anheuser-Busch. I love beer, and St. Louis… Continue Reading

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55% of people think performance management is effective. Wait, it’s that high?

Everyone Hates Performance Reviews

I’ve written about the whole idea of performance management probably a half-dozen times, so I won’t belabor the concept/idea that much here. (If you want to read one of my earlier posts on it, here you go.) I think the… Continue Reading

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The most powerful statement in business is …

Making Performance Reviews Powerful

“I have a chance to see my strengths every day.” Now let me explain why.

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Organizations like to describe women as “abrasive”

The gender bias in performance reviews can be pretty ridiculous. Continue Reading

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Let’s eliminate performance reviews

I just decided to do a Google News search for “performance reviews” out of generalized interest and came up with these two headlines — “Is it time to kill them?” and “Five reasons to abandon them.” Yep. Everyone seemingly hates… Continue Reading