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Brandon Smith - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 9:54am

Performance reviews. Need I say more? There is nothing as dysfunctional and as predictable as the annual performance review. From vagueness to politics, from personal attacks to overall managerial disinterest,...

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When Performance Reviews Become Political

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 9:36am

Years ago, I was a young manager working for a large global financial services company. During my time there, the economy plummeted into a recession (sound familiar?). As a result, raises were few and far between. As a...

When Performance Reviews Become Unpleasant Surprises

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:08am

When it comes to performance reviews, perhaps nothing can be more frustrating than to be “surprised” during the conversation. However, before we go much further down the path, it is only fair that I share my personal...

When Performance Reviews Become Personal

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 7:09am

It has been my experience that when performance reviews turn dysfunctional, 50% of the time the issue lies with the content itself (its inaccurate, vague, political, etc…). However, for the other 50% of the time it has...

Prescription - How To Deliver A 'Dysfunction-Free' Performance Review

Brandon Smith - Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:41am

More often than not, workplace dysfunction is a sneaky and unpredictable thing. Your boss flips out without warning simply because your report is an hour late. Your co-worker smiles at you in the break room only to be...

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