Managing Performance

I hope with this short article I can broaden your paradigm about what is performance management.  Generally, I find performance management is thought of as the annual performance appraisal cycle and/or those discussions that are had to address some aspect of underperformance or behaviour we consider misguided.  I recently rediscovered the following definition of performance management which I propose is adopted.

“Performance management is creating a workplace that brings out the best in people while generating the highest value for the organisation.”[1]

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The Leadership Pipeline

I wanted to pass onto you the above book, written by Charan, Drotter and Noel.  From my experience in leadership development, as well as my own direct leadership experience, I have long learnt the role, and therefore the leadership development needs, varies for leaders depending on the layer of the organisation from which they are leading. So, I commend this book to anyone responsible for the development and the leadership of leaders in their organisation.  

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Organisational Resilience

So an investor is looking to purchase, either outright or shares in, one of two businesses.  Both businesses have a history of profitability. One business has been developed so it is resilient to the variations our world has to offer. The other has not paid attention to the issue of resilience.  For which do you think the investor is prepared to pay the most?

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Strategic Approach to Leadership Development

I have had the pleasure and privilege of supporting a number of organisations over the years to develop and implement leadership programs.  I have also observed organisations burn vital but scarce capability development budget dollars because they did not know how to take a strategic approach to this vital work...

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Change Management: Creating Accountability

Why do we initiate projects in organisations?  It is to achieve an enhanced performance of one or more of many organisational outcomes. These can include profit, cost, safety, staff engagement, customer experience, organisational (brand) reputation, compliance etc.  These projects can and do go very well, yet studies continue to show projects under deliver more than half the time.  A lack of effective change management is often attributed to the reason for this underachievement. 

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