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Happy New Year...and thoughts on performance planning

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Happy New Year...and thoughts on performance planning

12/31/10

Much as I suspect many of you have done for the past week, I have spent some time in the office closing out things for the end of the year. As I have cleaned out e-mails, thrown away old files, worked on year-end performance plans, and signed off on final purchases, I've had some good time to reflect on the last year.

Performance planning is a great time for reflection. While annual planning is good and necessary, the real value of performance planning comes if you make the time to talk with your employees more frequently--say, every quarter. Things change during the course of a year (if they don't, then you may want to stir things up a bit at your organization). Adjusting the plans to fit the "new realities" is important--it helps everyone stay focused on the things that bring value to the business.

Speaking of business value, it is critical to tie those performance plans back to corporate goals and objectives. This needs to happen at all levels of the organization and to be clearly linked. When you meet with employees, try to discuss the goals and objectives at a higher level so that everyone is working towards the same thing.

As the new year begins, spend some time making plans--but be ready to change those plans as the environment changes. Flexibility is important.

Happy New Year!!!


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