Thinking Out Loud

Evaluations Should Be Subjective — Not Objective

The recent article I wrote for Fast Company on performance evaluations (click here) has generated a lot of thoughtful feedback..  It’s a hot and provocative topic.  The folks I know in HR are constantly looking for better evaluation programs and getting eye rolls whenever the topic is discussed with employees.  It seems to be universally dreaded and most importantly, it’s rarely helpful.  If anything, it should be helpful, otherwise why do it?

There is something we want from it, and it could be meaningful if it was tied to the real work people are doing, discussed with a manager in an engaged collaborative manner, and resulted in improved skills.

Check out the article and please share your thoughts with me.

Wellness Works Conference

“Communication, Relationships, Wellness: What’s the connection?” I’ll be giving the keynote and conducting an all day workshop for the Maine Municipal Association’s 27th annual wellness conference in Freeport, Maine on May 13th, 2015. To learn more about the conference, click here.

Wellness is more than being physically healthy.  It also encompasses our sense of well-being, which is directly related to the quality of the relationships in our lives.  In the workplace, the number one reason people give for leaving their job is the relationship with their manager.  In our personal lives, we all know what it’s like to have strained relationships and how we carry that anguish with us.

Learning to successfully navigate in our relational world is essential to our health and well-being.  It’s through good communication skills that we connect better, problem-solve, share our hopes and dreams, and collaborate.  Participants in the conference will learn how to use The Communication Styles Framework to help them recognize their strengths, challenges, and develop concrete tools to become more effective in their communication with others.