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A Little Secret about Performance Management

band-wagon-2-cir-parade-09It is time for all good consultants and vendors everywhere to jump on the performance management bandwagon. Accenture led the cause by retooling their performance management system, and the business media grabbed the topic and ran with it.  Now, everywhere I look there are articles, journals and webinars that promise to revive and improve this apparently terminal process.

I’ve been reading them (as much as I can – there’re a bunch) to see what has really changed. Is anything new and different? Last year I eagerly read about Accenture’s transition, ready to hear new and different. Instead, I read that they were increasing the frequency of the performance dialogue and adding a simpler documentation process.

Hang on a sec….isn’t that what we HR types have always tried to espouse? More frequent conversations and better documentation?  I read more and found little else new. What did stand out to me is that the change came, not from HR, but from the organization itself – from the operational leaders who were dissatisfied with the bureaucracy of the current program. Continue reading A Little Secret about Performance Management

5 easy steps to “fix” your organization’s performance management program

performanceYou don’t like your company’s performance management plan?  Join the crowd! Everyone’s getting into the act these days, bashing a process that has become ridiculously bureaucratic and totally unhelpful.

Managers complain and drag their heels or scratch the surface of the program by doing a bare minimum and, because of their lack of commitment, what they do makes the process unpopular and ineffective.  HR spends their time chasing after compliance rather than partnering on really improving performance.

Some organizations have recognized the need for a systematic change at the organizational level, and are making that happen. But if it’s not changing where you’re at, why are you waiting around for the organization to change the program?

You are bright, intelligent leaders who have achieved a position of responsibility for your team, right? Why not take the program you’re given and make it work for you? After all, it’s pretty simple: set good expectations, provide regular and honest feedback, and ideally improve overall performance. You don’t need a fancy system to do that. It’s Leadership 101. Continue reading 5 easy steps to “fix” your organization’s performance management program

Performance Management is Dead; Long Live Performance Management

SisyphusDon’t you just love it when the business media derails all your good work? The current edition of HR Magazine article “Is the Annual Performance Review Dead?” only scratches the surface of this revolution that is taking place in organizations, as more and more highly visible companies retool performance management.

And the publicity is well beyond HR business media. It is hitting Harvard Business Review, Inc., Fast Company and all those other publications your operational leaders are reading.

Here’s the rub. The headlines are very misleading, and may cause your operational leaders to wave the journal in your face and say, “See, I told you this was a waste of time.” Continue reading Performance Management is Dead; Long Live Performance Management