How Performance Management Is Killing Performance#and What to Do About It: Rethink, Redesign, Reboot (Hardcover)

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By M. Tamra Chandler, Dave Ulrich (Foreword by)
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Rethink, Redesign, Reboot.

Most people associate performance management with the annual review, which is universally dreaded by employees, management, and HR professionals alike. It’s a cookie-cutter, fear-based, top-down approach that emphasizes negatives over positives and stifles healthy career conversations. It’s never been shown to motivate anyone to do anything but try to avoid it, but nobody feels like they have any alternative. Tamra Chandler has one—and it works.

Actually, Chandler doesn't offer a single alternative—she offers an infinite number of them. Each organization that uses her Performance Management Reboot is able to develop its own unique version since it doesn’t make a lot of sense for organizations with different cultures, in different industries and sectors, to do things exactly the same way. Grounded in the latest scientific findings about motivation, it’s a transparent, employee-driven process that values collaboration over competition and rewards people for acquiring new skills and increasing their contribution instead of hitting arbitrary benchmarks.

Chandler lays out the general principles and then walks you through each step in creating a performance management process that employees will actually embrace rather than avoid and that will help you meet the three objectives of great performance management: developing your people, rewarding them equitably, and driving your organization’s performance. It’s the first comprehensive, step-by-step guide to creating a performance management solution that’s tailored to your organization’s needs and goals and that places the emphasis squarely on your greatest asset: your people.

About the Author

M. Tamra Chandler is a bona fide people maven. Drawing on her years of experience and research into what motivates us, she offers innovative solutions for organizations seeking the ultimate win-win: inspired people driving inspiring performance. She’s also the CEO and cofounder of a thriving Seattle-based consulting company called PeopleFirm. Twice recognized by Consulting magazine as one of the top consultants in the United States, Chandler is an award-winning leader in her field with more than twenty-five years of experience guiding clients through varied and complex business transformation projects. She draws inspiration from her husband, two children, and three pedigreed mutts. 

Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group and the author or coauthor of many books, including The HR Scorecard and The Why of Work.

Praise For…

“I’ve been waiting years for this—this is the best book on performance management that I have ever read! A clever and engaging writer, Chandler doesn’t just talk about it; she shows you how to do it. She defines a new path, helping us let go of the worship of false PM gods who have given us nothing but grief.”
—Geoff Bellman, management consultant and author

“Any leader, manager, or HR professional who believes in the power of good feedback will profit from this book. The author captures her readers’ attention with her authenticity, her wit, and her deep experience. It’s a fast read because she hits the subject hard and has really spent time thinking through her recommendations. You’ll circle phrases and dog-ear the pages!”
—Bev Kaye, coauthor of Love ’Em or Lose ’Em and Hello Stay Interviews, Goodbye Talent Loss

“A book about performance management that actually makes you chuckle, sigh, squirm, and cheer? This is it. Along the way you’ll find very practical ideas that are grounded in research and also explained with clever and engaging examples that you’ll recognize. Chandler proposes a ‘reboot’ toward real conversations, a focus on capability, nuanced customization, and transparency that have been too long in arriving. It is an essential shift for organizations that want to compete in a global work ecosystem that is increasingly boundaryless and democratic. This book offers a practical way to make real progress. It avoids bashing organizations, recognizing and honoring the real value that leaders, managers, and workers create every day as they strive to connect their work and development to the broader organization mission and contribution.”
—John Boudreau, author of Retooling HR and coauthor of Lead the Work, Beyond HR, and Transformative HR

“I love this book! There probably isn’t a person alive who isn’t aware that the traditional approach to performance management flat out doesn’t work, but few know what to do about it. Tamra Chandler does. What’s more, Chandler writes in an engaging voice that is wise, clear, practical, and, at times, hilarious. If you are tasked with rethinking performance management in your organization, this book will guide you step-by-brilliant-step from rethinking to redesigning to rebooting.”
—Susan Scott, CEO, Fierce Inc., and author of Fierce Conversations and Fierce Leadership

“How Performance Management Is Killing Performance — and What to Do About It is an eloquent, lively manifesto for finally taking the right approach. It details a workplace transformation with warmth, engagement, and humor. Chandler has  drawn from a vast bank of knowledge, research, and years of hands-on experience in the field. Suddenly, as she explains it, fixing something broken — and fixing it for the better — is entirely within our reach.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9781626566774
ISBN-10: 1626566771
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication Date: March 14th, 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English