The Truth & Lies of Performance Management

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Boom! That’s the sound of performance appraisal processes being blown up across the country. What replaces it is still not clear. Get this Box of Crayons report to see statistics, insights and stories from the front lines. You’ll also receive a six-email micro-learning series to augment and build upon some of the key themes found in the report.

Section 1: Is the Revolution Real?

Rumours, myths, half-truths. Over-emphasized successes and hidden failures. We know something is happening, but we’re not always sure what it is. What if we could find out what was really going on?

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  • Initial findings from original research, asking more than 120 organizations what’s really going on with Performance Management.
  • Just how radical is this revolution? What’s changing … and what isn’t?
  • The two “big wins” places where every organization should focus their efforts.

Section 2: The Three Questions to Start Your Revolution

You’re determined to move your performance management process out of the past and into the future. Where do you begin? Three deceptively simple questions will help you gain clarity.

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  • The one tough question every leader needs to ask before implementing Performance Management change.
  • What role “shadow ratings” play in the appraisal game.
  • How to balance the tension between pay and performance.

Section 3: Two Levers for Change

The road to performance management change is anything but smooth. You can expect speed bumps, the odd wrong turn and even a barrier or two. There’s a high probability you’ll get stuck somewhere along the way.

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  • Exactly how and when you should engage the C-suite in the Performance Management revolution
  • Whether or not technology will save or fail us.

Section 4: How to Make Coaching Work

Giving your managers coaching skills is a powerful way to engage your people and drive impact throughout the business. But it’s proven to be hard to make coaching “stick.”

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  • The four main reasons why managers don’t coach as well or as often as you’d hope, and how to overcome them.
  • Why “building a coaching culture” may be the worst thing you can do.
  • How to solve the “sh*t show” (a senior leader’s exact phrase) of tracking coaching conversations.

Section 5: Performance Management Stories

Statistics show you the trends, and help manage your biases with data. But stories show you the scars and the hard-won wisdom of those who’ve walked the path to implement new performance management processes.

Performance Management Stories is a podcast that showcases stories from across a wide range of different organizations, with senior leaders sharing the successes, insights and struggles to evolve PM in their organization.

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Section 6: Putting It All Together

Looking back at the research and interviews, we extract six insights, trends and practices that are worth noting.

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  • How to bridge the gap between knowing and doing.
  • What might happen if ratings are eliminated.
  • Why there is no silver bullet solution.

Download the Full Report

We surveyed senior executives across more than 120 organizations, asking them to share what they’re doing (and not doing) about performance management in their organizations. Get this Box of Crayons research report to see statistics, insights and stories from the front lines. You’ll also receive a six-email micro-learning series to augment and build upon some of the key themes found in the report.

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