Deborah’s Articles

Death of a Dinosaur: The End of the Annual Performance Review

Death of a dinosaruThe annual performance review has become a dinosaur because it has failed to change and evolve much in the last 50 years, while everything around it in business has.

50 years ago we had secretarial pools, carbon paper and mimeograph machines for making copies. Everything was sent “snail mail” and the Fax machine hadn’t been invented.

Yes, that’s right, the annual performance review as we know it today was developed over 50 years ago at a time when management was very much “command and control” and the manager had direct oversight and first-hand knowledge of an employee’s work. It has not changed much over that time except to make it more complicated and then automate it due to its complexity, while business has changed dramatically.

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Leading Change Through Vision

The world, business and of course each one of us is in a constant state of change. Markets change, staff changes, strategies change, our bodies change, new trends and patterns of thought are always influencing us. How we navigate change itself is vital to our success as a leader. Therefore,  leading ourselves, our staff and our organizations through change is a key leadership competency for success.

Our job as a leader is to look out ahead and to say “here’s what I see coming,” “here’s what’s possible,” “How can we best prepare or adjust?” Most managers are stuck in the present and past dealing with problems versus preparing for what is to come tomorrow, next month and next year. Great leaders have vision, communicate the vision effectively and lead from there. They can inspire a future that others want to share and follow.

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Why Companies Are Creating Coaching Cultures

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The business landscape is changing quickly and old thinking is not going to solve new problems. A new approach to working with people to achieve business results is essential.

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One Size Does Not Fit All

One Size Does Not Fit All

When it comes to your resume, that is.

If you are using the same resume for all your job applications, you are doing both yourself and the recruiters a great disservice. Here’s why.

Think about your professional career. You have a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience, all of which cannot possibly be covered in your resume (If you did, it would be far too long for someone to wade through, since you only have about 60 seconds to get their attention).  So you need to pick and choose what you think is a summary of what you bring to the table.  But what if those that you picked are not relevant to the job you are applying for, and other things that you left off are?

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