Performance & Personality

Are You Bike-Shedding Your Feedback?

Bike-shedding refers to the act of spending lots of time on unimportant details while leaving crucial matters unattended. The term traces back to 1955 article in The Economist by C. Northcote Parkinson, a British naval historian and author. “Parkinson’s Law…

Happy Employees Are Good For Business

It’s highly beneficial for companies to create a happy, healthy work environment for their employees because, let’s face it, losing employees can be costly.  Turnover is a huge loss of time in a variety of respects. Wasted/lost time having trained…

6 Steps to Great Talent Reviews

It’s great news that talent reviews have become almost universal in larger organizations, avoiding the fads that have overtaken HR processes like performance management. The fact that most companies do them, however, doesn’t mean that they’re done well. We often…

10 Commandments for Performance Discussions

I invested 38 years in the corporate world and my experience spanned a myriad of departments – to include human resources where I oversaw our leadership development program and played a critical role in personnel policy and practice. My time…

Why Do You Do It This Way?

Whenever I familiarize myself with a new company – because I am writing a case study on them or have been asked to speak to a group of their executives — I find out what its key processes are and…

How to Tell Who Is A Real High Performer

We usually know high performers when we see them, because their stars shine bright in the workplace. But how can you tell the difference between a high performer and a high potential performer? The latter have the talent, education, and training to…