It is important to review performance through good communications. As the snow recedes our thoughts turn to the spring and the unpopular annual appraisal season. Why are appraisals or performance reviews dreaded by some and feared by others? Many managers despair at the thought of stopping work as they see it to have to prepare and then interview their team members. This stoppage, of course, is accompanied by a complicated, sometimes arcane system which does not look as if it has anything to … [Read more...] about Reviewing employee performance through effective communication
Knowing the route can be as valuable as the goal This morning as I sat clearing out the spam from the email box, I noticed an update from one of the LinkedIn groups I am a member of. Its title was: "Why are you running?" In the article the author shared their story of some thoughts they had while out on a regular run, highlighting that this was a great strategy for creating thinking time. This all come about because the individual was reflecting on the question "why do I run?". His own … [Read more...] about Personal and business goal setting – where are the lines?
Chasing the shiny new things Last week in a tweet I mentioned fad-surfing and some of my followers were not aware of this and requested an article - so here it is! Fad surfers are the management or leadership equivalent of the magpie, they love collecting shiny new things from other people. A management or leadership style where there is a lot of sizzle but little substance What is "fad surfing"? In simple terms Adopting one fashionable management style or strategy after another. The … [Read more...] about Fad surfing – the worst form of change management
Writing academic reports and references Often I am asked about the references for some of the pieces I have written about on this site, for example SWOT, PESTLE & SMART, so I thought it was about time to provide an answer here rather than just in person. Unfortunately writing a reference for some of these is not as easy to answer as you may believe. The Harvard (and other referencing systems) were developed for the use of academic material. On this and other more popular management … [Read more...] about Writing academic reports and references
How do we start training and developing our managers in writing SMART objectives? Please also see Writing SMART objectives. So how do we go about training managers in developing and writing SMART objectives? This is always an interesting topic. the following was recently posted on a community forum: “We are currently reviewing our appraisal process. We have realised our line managers need training on how to set clear SMART objectives. Has anyone got any information that they have used … [Read more...] about Writing and Training Managers in SMART Objectives and Goals
Written Goals study - or is it studies? Many have reported that writing your goals down is sound and researched proof that you will be more successful and make more money. It must be true as it is often being quoted as coming from Yale or Harvard Business Schools. But alas this is fake news. 3% of Harvard MBAs Make Ten Times as Much as the Other 97% Combined ..or... Why 3% of Yale MBAs Make Ten Times as Much as the Other 97% Combined Or so the written goal study story goes regarding … [Read more...] about Harvard Yale Written Goals Study – fact or fiction? #fakenews alert #management #leadership #selfdevelopment