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Life After Appraisals: Performance Experts Break It Down

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Reg­u­lar fol­low­ers of Clear Review will know that we have a few issues, so to speak, with annu­al appraisals. We won’t weary you with all the details now — it’s cov­ered in depth and detail here, here and here. Suf­fice is to say that appraisals take for­ev­er, are wide­ly resent­ed and give you lit­tle of val­ue. That’s why we’re here.

Fifty seek­ers of truth joined us in Kings Cross for Clear Review’s first live event: Annu­al appraisals are dead: What’s next? They came buoyed by the prospect of live talks from Per­ry Timms, Stu­art Hearn and Sam Nether­wood. They came to meet like-mind­ed HR thinkers and lead­ers and hear the live issues debat­ed by a sparkling pan­el. They may pos­si­bly have come for a drink afterwards. 

First up, we had Per­ry Timms, whose long expe­ri­ence and high pro­file in the HR indus­try speaks for him. Per­ry gave us a fast-paced and wide-rang­ing talk that touched on Agile prin­ci­ples, the impor­tance of peo­ple over mech­a­nisms and process­es and the impor­tance of look­ing to the envi­ron­ment — rather than blam­ing indi­vid­u­als — if you’re try­ing to fos­ter a cul­ture of high performance. 

Our quote of the after­noon: Per­for­mance man­age­ment rep­re­sents your cul­ture. If your PM is mech­a­nis­tic and imper­son­al, so are you.” 

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Sam Nether­wood, of data ana­lyt­ics con­sul­tan­cy Mudano, was up next. Sam has a back­ground in behav­iour­al change and we worked with him on a cul­tur­al trans­for­ma­tion project at the exam­i­na­tion award­ing body AQA. He is, frankly, one of the sharpest minds we know. He touched on an absolute host of influ­ences, from behav­iour­al psy­chol­o­gy to Gand­hi, and shared some of the prin­ci­ples and prac­tices that deliv­ered con­tin­u­ous per­for­mance man­age­ment at AQA

Our quote of the after­noon: Cre­ate expe­ri­ences that res­onate and test them in real life. No one ever changed the world with a Pow­er­point presentation.”

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We still had time for a brief work­shop ses­sion, get­ting our audi­ence up to dis­cuss ques­tions in small groups and then feed­ing their thoughts back into the pan­el for wider dis­cus­sion. For that, we have to give spe­cial thanks to Sarah Lee-Boone of the Char­tered Insti­tute of Mar­ket­ing and Janis Stylianou of THB Group, who added their wis­dom and expe­ri­ence to the pan­el. In an atmos­phere of enthu­si­asm and excite­ment around the pos­si­bil­i­ties of con­tin­u­ous per­for­mance man­age­ment, it’s good to be remind­ed of the com­mer­cial con­sid­er­a­tions and some of the real­i­ties of run­ning an HR depart­ment day-to-day.

Thanks to our speak­ers for their think­ing, enthu­si­asm and ideas, and to every­one who attend­ed for their ener­gy and can­dour. This was our very first event and there will undoubt­ed­ly be more to come. In the mean­time, we have some fan­tas­tic eBooks that take you through the jour­ney to con­tin­u­ous per­for­mance man­age­ment. And, of course, if you’ve been inspired to learn more about how Clear Review can help you put an end to the dread­ed annu­al appraisal and move to con­tin­u­ous per­for­mance devel­op­ment, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.