Four Quick (Do & Don’t) Tips for Getting Staff Reviews Right

Conducting staff reviews is an essential part of being a manager, and it can be a great opportunity to: Reconnect with your employees; Workshop any issues; and Set fresh goals for the months ahead. To ensure reviews are positive and constructive, follow these four quick do’s and don’ts. 1. Do Not Space Reviews Too Far… Read More

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Persistence or Talent vs Persistence & Talent…

“In the course of achieving anything, nothing is more important than persistence.” Many will tell you that persistence or determination is more important than talent. However, without some talent (latent or trained), one will find it difficult to achieve an objective with persistence alone. For example, I don’t have the talent to run 10,000 metres… Read More

Performance Management: Amazon Performance Tools & Business Practice Osmosis

Real-time performance management enters a new era. At first glance, Amazon’s now infamous Anytime Feedback Tool – which employees can use to submit reports to managers about each others’s performance – might look like a hi-tech way to gossip about your colleagues. But, when you combine it with the online retailer’s Organisational Level Review performance… Read More

Great Bosses: Freebies, Perks & Theory

What makes a great boss? This is list of things managers can do to keep employees happy (apparently), culled from a 2015 survey of office workers, suggest would-be leaders would do well to focus on the freebies rather than the theory. Extra holiday on birthdays. Leaving early on a Friday (when possible, the UK military will… Read More

Underestimation…

“Never underestimate a person willing to die for a cause.” Unknown There are a number of variations of this to suit a variety of contexts/situations: “Never underestimate your enemy but always make him underestimate you.” “Don’t underestimate me. I know more than I say, think more than I speak, and notice more than you realise.”… Read More

Controversy & Mediocrity…

“An organization which discourages controversy, encourages mediocrity.” Unknown

Merit: The Person or their Title?

“I weigh the man, not his title; ‘tis not the king’s stampcan make the metal better or heavier.” William Wycherley (1640-1715) From his play ‘The Plain Dealer’, which is a Restoration comedy first performed on 11 December 1676, and is based on Molière’s Le Misanthrope.