The Fatal Flaws of Traditional Performance Management

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Performance management is broken. Here’s why, and what you can do to fix it. I read this article this morning and it really resonated with me. The original is by M. Tamra Chandler  (the author deserved all the credit here) – I have summarised my main take aways… This year the industry is buzzing about performance management. That’s because we’re starting to realize that the way we’ve been trying to drive employee and organizational performance for the past 60-plus years simply doesn’t work. But why doesn’t traditional performance management work, and what can you do about it? The problems with traditional performance management stem from the fact that the fundamentals first emerged post-WWII, and haven’t changed much despite how different today’s business environment is from the average workplace of the 1950s. Today, the 9-5 workday is essentially a thing of the past. We’re always on, always connected, answering emails at midnight.Keep Reading

Who are your HIPO’s?

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No, I do not have a typo. I am not talking about those big somewhat loveable yet dangerous animals that frequent the waters…. HIPO’s… High Potential Candidates. Those job applicants or current employees in your midst that are the potential proactive earners, the successes, the gems. You can’t tell just by looking at them. They are not wearing a big gold star on their lapel that signifies “I am your best employee to be.’’ An effective tool to use in identifying the HIPO’s is a behavioral assessment or psychological test that is specifically designed for jobfit analysis, such as the Harrison. Behavioral assessments have a much better chance of gaining insight into behavior/suitability because they have a pre-designed strategy that structures questions and carefully considers interpretations of the questions. However, to be effective, behavioral assessments must: measure a large number of factors; effectively manage lie prevention and detection; produce resultsKeep Reading

Epic fail? How to bounce back when one of life’s “curve balls” smacks you in the face.

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“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well have not lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” -J.K. Rowling Failure. Urgh. It’s such a horrible word and feeling it’s meaning is so much worse. Despite an epic career with more highlights than I can mention in one blog, I have always struggled with failure. Not nice. Maybe it’s because I’m so driven. Maybe it’s because I like to do things my way. Maybe it’s a combination of creativity, determination, ambition, optimism and even naivety. One thing is for sure, I seem to fail as much as I succeed. So much so that I’m actually getting used to it. Turning my back on my pride and embracing the unknown is something I’ve really learnt to do and on the occasions that I do it, magic seemsKeep Reading

If you hate your job try this…

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Jobs are out there. If you don’t have one, you can get one. The problem is getting and keeping the job you actually want! What happens when the job you thought you wanted turns into a job you hate? What if the job you’re in started off as a means to “get by” but now you’re so stuck in it for financial reasons that every day is utterly miserable and you seem destined to be depressed for the rest of your working life? What if the people you work with are killing you slowly? I turned my back on a high flying career to follow the career of my dreams and 6 years down the line, I’m still glad I did. I traded a toxic corporate environment with a nice pay-packet for complete freedom with zero financial stability. (welcome to entrepreneurship). I’ve learned however, that no job i perfect. IfKeep Reading

6 behaviours to cut out to create happiness

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You’re not totally happy because… Some people would rather be miserable. But not you.  But only if you just had a little more time or money to do the things you want, then you’d be happy-er right? But that’s never gonna happen. So now what? Check Mate. Everyone says they want to be happy, but few really understand what happiness is (i’m not a robot, i’m still working on it too!) Happiness has been misinterpreted as an endless euphoria, where nothing ever goes wrong and magic pixies float through the sky. Society tells you:  ‘Buy this!’ or  ‘Do that!’  Then you’ll be happy.  You need a bigger house, a new car.  Or your partner needs to be better at this or that.  More.  More.  More. So, what if More doesn’t = Better?  And what if Better doesn’t = Happy? Happiness isn’t about having more or doing better, but rather doing less, so you can magnify whatKeep Reading

The P that’s worse than Procrastination….

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If you thought procrastination was your problem you may wrong. You may  be stuck because you are waiting for the perfect time. What can be worse than Procrastination? Perfectionism “Perfectionism is the need to be, or to appear to be, perfect.” Perfectionism is neurotic and a terrible waste of time. I say that because it is not possible to do something perfectly (it could always be improved on a bit), but it is very stressful to constantly strive to be perfect. Striving for excellence by doing the best you can with the time and resources you have, is realistic and healthy. There are 3 types of perfectionist: 1) self-oriented: those who expect perfection of themselves; 2) other oriented – those who demand perfection from others; 3) socially prescribed – those who think others expect perfection of themselves. People who are perfectionistic have unrealistically high expectations for performance, but take little joy in theirKeep Reading

8 Career boosting body language tips for effortless results.

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  Body Language Tricks That Help Advance Your Career Have you considered how your posture, facial expressions, and other physical movements can impact on your career? If not, it may be time to take a closer look at what your body language says about you as a professional. Body language plays a crucial role in an individual’s success, regardless of his or her industry or position. Although their implementation and effects often seem subtle, positioning and movements work together to communicate specific attributes about a person. Thanks to the effective (or not so effective) use of body language, an unqualified professional can rise through the ranks, while the best minds in their fields may languish in middle management. Fortunately, anyone can learn how to leverage body language to their advantage, achieving better rapport and reputation among their colleagues. Career-Boosting Qualities Communicated by Body Language When it comes to influence inKeep Reading

The high performance secret.

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Want the secret to sustainable high performance? Get a performance coach. Written by Carolyn Coe for Arabian Business Start-Up Magazine. Look out for this article in the April edition. Growing a business these days is more demanding than ever. Maintaining the personal power to impact others, create results and balance your own energy and sanity is a fine art. When we enter a key event with the wrong mindset, we lose all our power. When we come unprepared, fatigued or lacking in mental clarity we don’t have the power to make an impact. Developing the leadership skills for today’s business market is a science – a fine blend of energy, application, power and resilience.  Everyone is looking to get more done in less time. The desire to have more clarity and perform at a higher level and to create more impact and team effectiveness is relentless.  That constant drive for excellenceKeep Reading

Wearing your “Busy-ness” as a badge of honour?

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I recently met with a capable and driven executive and asked him, “How are you?” He gave me a rapid-fire answer of all of the things he was doing: travelling, business updates, career changes and his children’s innumerable activities. It sounded like an intense but satisfying life. Then I asked him again, “How are you really?” And the moment I did, he became emotional and the reality of his life just flooded out of him: his stress, his frustration of trying to juggle it all, his sense that he had no time to really think, or play with his children or enjoy any of it. The summary is this: his schedule was always filled but his life wasn’t fulfilled at all. We’ve been sold on a heroic ideal of the uber-man and super-women who kill themselves saying yes to everyone, sleeping four hours a night and straining to fit everythingKeep Reading