Remember these words being said to you?  

“Just letting you know that your Annual Performance Appraisal is due, please see my PA to arrange a time”  

A statement that can instantly change a person’s mindset, and as many people have told me, the words themselves place a real fear around what should be a very positive discussion.   Now as a leader I am not suggesting that we banish this, but rather look at how we can improve and better manage this systematic evaluation process.  

If you think about our role as leaders, we coach, we support and we mentor.   Good leaders create  innovative environments, they encourage growth and create opportunities.  They develop strong cultures and aid in the development of career paths for their people.   So it’s time to change this and look at how your people have also contributed to these areas, because if you really think about it, they have.  So with this in mind remove the fear simply by changing the name, maybe,  “Contribution and Development Review”, which I believe will alter the mindset and improve the overall outcome.

Removing the fear and getting this step right will not only change the culture of your business, it brings team members closer to the vision of the business and helps them understand clearly the critical role they play in the business overall.  

A small idea that will have a big impact.

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