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6 Steps Beyond Industrial Age Performance Appraisals

It takes courage, tenacity and teamwork to let go of performance appraisal practices and industrial age thinking.  In our  post 9-11, post financial meltdown, “New Normal,”  business will never be again as it was.  It’s tough, though, to leave our rootedness in twentieth century business practices.  For example, note this recent entry in Wikipedia:      “As of 2013 electric power […]


Curing ONE of the Seven Deadly Diseases of Management, Performance Appraisals

Entrenched habits tend to persist, mostly invisible, until poets, reformers and provocateurs start writing, talking and asking questions. They challenge us to reexamine long-standing practices that no longer fit our current world and what’s on the horizon. This includes the persistent business artifact, performance appraisal, reviled by many, dropped entirely by a few, stuck on […]


A History of Performance Appraisals: Letting Go to Power New Culture

Performance ratings are part of ancient, really ancient, history. Are we ready yet to let go of individual performance appraisals (reviews, evaluations) to fully embrace achievement-oriented, team cultures? Or is the individualistic command and control culture of the Great Britain and American industrial age too much a part of the problem?  This SlideShare illustrates it: […]


6 Choices for High Performance Teams, Groups and Psuedo-Teams: Achievement Is How You Say It!

Looking for high performance in your organization?  Then take a good look at teams vs. groups. Kenneth P. De Meuse, of the Korn/Ferry Institute cites how work teams appear to be gaining in strength as jobs get bigger, organizational structures get more complex, and more and more companies become multi-national in scope (Naquin & Tynan, 2003). The VUCA […]


3 Success Factors for High Performance Teams, and What Gets In the Way: Interview with a Millennial

Leadership today has evolved greatly and includes high performance within teams.  Teamwork can also be the “secret sauce” that defines successful organizations.  Our systems for supporting high performance and leadership in teams and in entire organizations have not kept up with the times. Some of our most persistent management practices date from the industrial age, including […]


Growing Team Performance in Membership, Control to Reach Goal, MCG

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in their leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” ~ Anonymous   As teams change, status and role questions arise.  Roles shift, people leave for various reasons, e.g. the group churns.  This post is about how groups and teams FORM and SHIFT, today […]


PERFORMANCE CPO, Micro-Goals & Performance Management Systems

I’m back from sunny Argentina and wanted to share this new M-relevant blog format and post for the 2009 year:
* A news item about the new federal Chief Performance Officer appointment
* 2 blog-post references about goals: micro-goals as well as a performance management systems reference as a UM performance management pilot is underway.


5 Strategies to Lead Change Using Liberating Structures

Featured: Five key concepts and supporting research and tools will help you lead through adaptive change in a VUCA world, one that is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous, as presented in Mexico City for CPA firm leaders at the Russell Bedford International conference, yet applicable for any leader.   It’s been a year full of volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, or […]


Seven Ways New NonProfit Leaders Succeed the First Year on the Job

Leadership skill is built upon skilled listening, including listening to yourself for health and wellness.  Busy leaders know intellectually that taking care of yourself is how you are best able to take care of others.  The challenge, in this part three of our series, continues to be putting this principle into disciplined, regular practice.  Leadership coaching, as my clients have told me, has […]


Leaders Know Talent Wins: 4 Strategies to Ramp Up Retention

Successful organizations focus on people as well as profits, often built with talented staff that take action as co-owners of the business. Twenty-first century talent retention practices can build greater success in your organization. Here’s are 4 ways leaders can help this happen: 1) Check your “hire smart” bench strength & compensation Nothing breeds success like talented staff and the […]