Who’s Afraid of Performance Management?

A review of the ODA Event on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

This was an exploration of “Performance Management as a Hated Task” by presenters Paul Lloyd and Gail Simms of “work in teams”.

The message from this event was that we need to design performance management systems around the business environments that exist today, rather than 20 years or more ago. Do away with ratings, bureaucracy and systems that contributed to performance management being such a hated and redundant task.

We need to address the ”new normal” i.e. a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environment. In this situation, it’s even more important that organisations have direction and goals, and for employees, we must re-define what we mean by performance to create engagement, give people 90-day reviewable goals so that performance links more strongly to review, ensure we partner with them and strengthen the learning/capability cycle.

Some really good ideas arose from the evening and it will be interesting to see how they impact our next session on “Re-Constructing Performance Management”.

Paul Lloyd has a quick chat about performance management in the link below.


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