Tools & Techniques

A Common Sense Approach to Performance Appraisals

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014

A Common Sense Approach to Performance Appraisals

You don't have to be a rookie or go through the school of hard knocks at writing performance appraisals. For appraisals to be truly effective, the recipient must understand it, respect it and be motivated to take the steps to improve. Brian offers his list of best practices for you to write effective appraisals as a leader, using a good dose of common sense.

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Having a Difficult Conversation? Try being an Advocate.

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014

Having a Difficult Conversation? Try being an Advocate.

Having difficult conversations are never easy. Managers feel just as uncomfortable giving the difficult feedback as the employee does getting it! How can we have a constructive dialogue that would bridge careers rather than frustrating walls of defensiveness? DeAnna offers the conversational inroads to achieving goals (yours and your team's).

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Performance Appraisals: What Matters Most – the Tool, the Evaluator, or the Employee?

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014

Performance Appraisals: What Matters Most – the Tool, the Evaluator, or the Employee?

Which component of the performance appraisal processes is vital to increase employee performance? As a Human Resource professional (creating and implementing appraisal systems), have you effectively supported your peers in the organization? Renata highlights three areas where you can improve the appraisal approach.

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Performance Reviews: The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014

Performance Reviews: The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good

Facing difficulties writing your yearly self-review - a necessary duty for most employees? How do we use a flawed even subjective performance system to our advantage? Karen offers tips to help set up your review for a year-long success. Download our template matrix to write the self-review with your manager in mind, even build a mutually beneficial work relationship with your reviewer!

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Build T.R.U.S.T to Create a Climate of Community

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014

Build T.R.U.S.T to Create a Climate of Community

Concluding January's theme on Work Unit Climate, what have we learned about setting a conducive and productive stage for our group? One thing's for sure: technology is not a panacea. Allison elaborates how we as leaders, can create (and drive) a work climate of collaboration and community - by building T.R.U.S.T and accessibility (from the individual to group to organization-wide)!

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Walk a Mile in My Shoes (to build effective relationships)

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014

Walk a Mile in My Shoes (to build effective relationships)

How often does your customer-facing team(s) and technologies team(s) standoff over disagreements? As leaders, how do we walk a mile with not one but both camps? Read about Brian's experiences turning contentious relations (between the teams,) into collaborative respect amongst his stakeholders, shorter development timelines plus resource alignments!

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(A Journey of) Transforming Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014

(A Journey of) Transforming Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones

Would you dare risk both career and reputation to inspire a culture of excellence in a work climate hamstrung by regulations, whose service inspires the customers' dread? Read how Carole built empathy between her team and their customers, developed her staff, and leveraged the team's internal experiences to ultimately receive the distinction of joining an elite group of 200 organizations!

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Climate (and) Change: wuc = e3

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014

Climate (and) Change: wuc = e3

What exactly is work unit climate (wuc)? Find out how we can build one conducive for team members to perform and stay motivated? Throughout this year, we will delve into 12 dimensions that impact change, starting with how the climate of your work unit impact you and your colleagues.

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How to Change ‘It’: Write It. Schedule It. Do It.

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013

How to Change ‘It’: Write It. Schedule It. Do It.

It's time for new year resolutions! That said, how often have you succeeded in accomplishing previous objectives? Are you planning the goal too far into the future (maybe a little detached from your present situation)? Achieve your goals with these 3 steps to bridge where you are today and where you want to be!

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Leadership Lessons From LEGO

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013

Leadership Lessons From LEGO

How many of us think of large-scale change as daunting efforts with missing pieces, risks, and unforeseen consequences? Engagement leader - Ken Perlman thinks otherwise in these 5 leadership pointers, inspired by an innovative LEGO-filled weekend. Want to have fun or read the manual? Ken relates coaching a client through transformational change, to building a complex LEGO set with his daughters!

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