Summary of Powerful Performance Appraisals

How to Set Expectations and Work Together to Improve Performance

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Powerful Performance Appraisals book summary
As managers we dread it, postpone it and don’t take it seriously enough. But the performance appraisal might be your only chance to get that employee working the way you want him to work.


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If you were designing the curriculum for a class called Introduction to Performance Evaluation, this book would be your text. If, on the other hand, you’re in the market for some original ideas and groundbreaking employee-evaluation strategies, this may not be the book for you. Karen McKirchy uses simple language in her guided tour of performance-appraisal basics. If you’re an experienced supervisor, you may find the whole thing just a tad too simplistic. But for less seasoned managers, this book is a treasure trove of tips that will make evaluating the performance of your direct reports much more productive, easier and less painful. getAbstract recommends this book to supervisors wishing to improve their ability to motivate and evaluate employees through performance appraisals, particularly supervisors with less than five years experience.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why performance appraisals should be strictly objective;
  • Why good supervisors deal with problems and give feedback on an ongoing basis; and
  • How to prepare for a performance appraisal.


Same-Side-of-the-Desk thinking
When conducting performance appraisals, you should concentrate on performance, not personalities. Discuss valid, relevant issues instead of subjective feelings and emotions. Your objective is to reach agreement with your employees about what they will do ...
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About the Author

Karen McKirchy is a consultant who works at her eponymously named firm, McKirchy and Co.

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