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The Difficult Conversation about Performance

Most workers abhor poor performance (at least, the poor performance of their co-workers).  More significantly, so do most managers.  But tackling poor performance requires having difficult conversations about work standards, and many managers prefer to avoid it.In How to… address … Continue reading

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Do You Really Know How to Give a Performance Review?

In Learning Before Reviewing published in CLO Magazine, Ladan Nikravan emphasizes the importance of training managers in the performance review process before they actually perform them. But Nikravan notes–as is also noted in my academic and certificate courses–that a once-a-year … Continue reading

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Do It Yourself–Now It’s a Management Philosophy?

Originally published on my previous blog in January 2010.   A few years ago, Harold Jarche commented that the future of learning is Do-It-Yourself (DIY) (Febuary 26, 2007, http://www.jarche.com/2007/02/the-future-of-learning-is-diy/), in which subject matter experts prepare learning programs on their own, … Continue reading

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“Constructive” Criticism?

In a blog in the HRB Blog Network, Tony Schwartz writes “Here’s a question guaranteed to make your stomach lurch: “Would you mind if I gave you some feedback?” What that actually means is “Would you mind if I gave … Continue reading

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Can Harmony Hurt Team Performance

In the academic course, Administration of Educational Technology Units, that I teach at Concordia and the Technical Communication Manager certificate program that I teach for the Society for Technical Communication, I include an exercise on hiring workers. One of the … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Managing Performance

Do Performance Appraisals Work? / But That Won’t Stop Efforts to Improve Them / But Maybe Performance Doesn’t Tell Us Much / Questions for Discussion One of the primary responsibilities of a manager is coordinating the performance planning, coaching, and … Continue reading

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