Ideally, the goal of your employee performance appraisals is to give employees feedback, direction and development so they can be their best. But in many cases, performance appraisals demoralize and discourage employees rather than engage and inspire them. Here are some tips to help make your next employee performance appraisal more respectful.
Our job as leaders is primarily to leverage and align the talents of everyone in our organizations. That means helping each person with whom we work be as successful as they can possibly be. The following post recounts a story of a manager failing to uphold his responsibilities and lists ways in which managers can help their employees succeed at their job.
An environment of respect provides an emotional safety net that frees people up to do their work without having to expend energy watching their backs and protecting themselves from the potentially harmful words and actions of managers and co-workers.
For many of us December means holiday preparations and celebrations. For me, it has also come to mean the rather demoralizing task of having to read story after story of disrespect and abuse.
One of the great joys for me professionally is when science and research finally catch up to what has been passed on and taught anecdotally for decades. While it has always made sense to me that managers, leaders , sales professionals and others who seemed to “read” others the best were the most successful, now there’s new research to back it up.
I heard a wonderful thought about leadership recently. The circumstances were awful – the funeral of a friend who passed away far too young. But the commentary about my friend, and all she accomplished in her life, was truly beautiful. One speaker talked about what a natural leader she was, her whole life. He said [...]
In June I had the opportunity to present at the annual SHRM conference in Chicago. One of the highlights of that experience was being in the audience for the opening keynote delivered by former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Ms. Clinton was recently named number 5 on Forbes 100 most powerful women list. [...]
Late last month former FBI Director Louis Freeh released a 250-plus page report documenting his independent investigation into the actions of Penn State with respect to Gerald Sandusky's sexual abuse of children. The investigation was as comprehensive as any I've ever seen: 430 witness interviews and a review of over 3 million documents. Its results [...]
Have you ever had your boss steal your work and claim it as their own? I have and I can tell you it was one of the most disengaging experiences of my career. The phrase "give credit where credit is due" is attributed to Samuel Adams in a letter he wrote in the late 18th century. But [...]
Early in my career I made a conscious decision to not be like some of my least favorite bosses. I called them my anti-role models and secretly never wanted to turn into them. You know the type. Maybe they are micro-managers or they have minimal leadership abilities, but mostly they are people who treat everyone [...]