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Five tips to prepare for a performance review conversation

In Communication, Development, Effectiveness, Performance Management, Strategy on January 16, 2017 at 5:46 am

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It seems performance review conversations have earned a bad reputation. Many managers may dread them because they seem tedious and laborious, followed by endless amounts of paperwork and administration that need to be completed and filed. At least for another six months or so.

And you, as you sit on the other side of the desk, dread it, too. Perhaps because you can sense how arduous it is for them. So you simply want to get it over and done with. But performance review conversations are not just one-way lectures. After all, they’re conversations, not monologues.

So have you ever wondered how you can proactively make your performance review conversations richer to serve you better?

Entering a performance review conversation having prepared for one has its benefits. By preparing yourself for your performance review conversation, you set yourself up for success in various ways. You work towards ensuring mutual understanding of expectations between you and your manager, ensuring goal alignment between yourself and your role, the department and the business, highlighting your strengths for increased job satisfaction, then identifying opportunities for development and growth to feed self-fulfilment and a sense of achievement.

Whether or not you intend to strive to a leadership status, it pays to approach every performance review conversation with a view to extend and leverage your career. So let’s look at how you can do this.

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Communication: The most important leadership skill

In Communication, Effectiveness, Inspire, Language, Leadership, Performance Management, Philosophy, Team on April 5, 2016 at 5:40 am

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“Communication is the most important skill any leader can possess.”

So says billionaire Richard Branson, who believes that communication is the skill that will set you apart from the crowd.

Indeed, Branson can certainly form alliances with the many business leaders and entrepreneurs who credit effective communication skills for much of their success. He joins the ranks of Warren Buffet, who believes that effective communication will instantly raise a person’s professional value.

Branson and Buffet are not wrong. Effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills are highly valuable in the workplace. So valuable that some companies dedicate a good amount of their training budget to upskill their employees on how to communicate effectively.

Why? Because it’s a big bad world out there. Competitive. Dynamic. Fast paced. And being able to communicate effectively will help you stand out from the crowd.

But what exactly are the benefits of effective communication skills? To the individual, to the team and to the organisation. Let’s explore, shall we?

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How to keep our superheroes from flying out the door

In Development, Effectiveness, Leadership, Performance Management, Philosophy on December 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Did anyone see that happen? How is it that we’re here again? Another year over. Almost.

As we stand at the precipice of yet the end of another year, it’s about this time that we each get our mental notepads out, reassess the year that’s gone, and start to make tracks for resolutions for the new year approaching.

And not just us. Businesses do the same as they start to pump up the gears to meet deadlines before the big office close for Christmas. In the same vein, business leaders start to consider strategies for the year ahead.

So as we start to do all this, we also need to think about how we can prevent our high performers who may also be considering their next move in the coming new year. You know, the superheroes who, according to a recent article published by Harvard Business Review, can deliver 400 percent more productivity than the average performer. Surely we didn’t think they were simply going to sit around and wait for a Christmas miracle?

In all the planning, what are we doing to keep our superheroes from flying out the door?

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