5 Performance Management Tips that Really Work

Want to increase the chances of achieving your goals and objectives? Track key outcomes and progress over time. With this information, you will know where things stand, what has been done, what still needs to be done. This is the essence of performance management.   Not all performance management interventions are created equal. Some can be very effective. Others are less effective. And […]

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Is There a Best Time to Fire an Employee?

Let’s face it: there really isn’t a “good” time to fire someone. But sometimes it just has to be done.   In extreme cases (such as inappropriate behavior, theft, property damage, or even violence) you should take immediate action. The rest of the time, you probably have more flexibility.   You want to respect the departing employee, maintain their dignity […]

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How Machiavellian Are You?

Niccolò Machiavelli is a famous historical figure…with a controversial legacy. His influential writings popularized the idea that decisions should be evaluated by their consequences, rather than by the actions taken to achieve those consequences. In a competition, the person who is willing to do anything to win has the advantage. The ends justify the means. If you believe these ideas, you are […]

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3 Ways Performance Reviews Actually Influence Performance

People can have very different reactions to performance reviews. Some dread giving or receiving them. Others look forward to the opportunity.   We know that it’s important for organizations to collect performance data in order to create and implement evidence-based business strategies, and to back up their employment decisions about specific people. We also know that it’s important to give […]

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4 Simple Steps to Become a Better Manager

Managers play an important role. Their actions help determine the success (and happiness) of everyone around them.   How do we actually decide who to put in charge of other people?  It’s usually some combination of credentials, previous experience, and performance in relevant job roles. But a great employee—even a very experienced one—isn’t necessarily a great manager.   And it gets worse. Research has found that the […]

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