Performance Review

The New York Times brings a read worthy column by Eilene Zimmerman about how to prepare for your annual performance review. In the various companies I have worked in performance reviews tended to be handled very different. One company had an elaborate system of ranking and rating that eventually ended up in an increase, or not.

Another very innovative company I worked for had abandoned all performance reviews and just paid people what the market would pay them. If they were stars they got opportunities earlier, if they were not so great, they would stay behind or be asked to leave. Instead of performance appraisals this company valued regular communication between the managers and their employees.

Clearly Eilene approaches the more traditional performance review. You need to go and read the column HERE

She also discusses the works from Shawn Kent Hayashi and Stephen R. Balzac, see Whawn’s book below:

Communication by Gender

Communication styles differ between Men and Women. We have all heard of the book “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” and there is a lot of truth in this. The gender issue has been explored thoroughly in a study by John E. Braird and Patricia Hayes Bradley Go HERE to look at an article about it.

In my experience women often mimic the male role when they are in management and become successful managers because they master the basics of management, the male variety that is. So the question becomes if there is a female style of management and if they would be more skilled for management tasks. 

This and many more concepts of management get highlighted in this book, that now already is in its 8th edition. Truly a standard work on communication.

Improve your communication

Today I want to share with you a site that provides lots of tools to improve your communication skills.

It is not possible to get your message out or to have impact on your organization without some kind of communication. Getting your message across is the most important part of management and leadership. There are many many ways to communicate and there is not one right one, but there are things to remember that work, won’t work or will have an impact to consider.

With communication it is always important to remember that it is a process, not a one off activity. Even when you just tell someone something that this person needs to go and do, the communication, which seems like a one off event, is part of a larger process. The person who receives the communication has an opinion about you. This opinion is created by who you are, what you have done or said previously, of what organization you are a part of and numerous other parts that together form the process of communication.

Improving your communication will improve your management. You can find the site HERE

And the good people at Mastersincommunication have published a great article on this too, find it HERE