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Get Rid of the Performance Review!: How Companies Can Stop Intimidating, Start Managing--and Focus on What Really Matters

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The performance review. It is one of the most insidious, most damaging, and yet most ubiquitous of corporate activities. We all hate it. And yet nobody does anything about it. Until now... Straight-talking Sam Culbert, management guru and UCLA professor, minces no words as he puts managers on notice that -- with the performance review as their weapon of choice -- they have ...more
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Published April 14th 2010 by Business Plus (first published 2010)
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Teechbiz
I'm so excited. We've recently changed how performance reviews are conducted where I work and many people are upset with the change. I'm going to check this book out and perhaps slip it under the nose of my boss
Don
In the interest of full disclosure I am a human resources professional with a long successful career that has included three employers: a large manufacturer (private sector), a large public university and currently a very highly rated non-profit. After reading the first half of this book I felt battered and bruised; like a combination of Hitler, Mussolini, and Col. Klink. Instead of "shooting the messenger," this book, a majority of the time, has the messenger shooting the audience. Alienating a ...more
John Stepper
It reads like a rant, and I wish there was more data and references, but it makes a powerful conceptual argument: the annual performance review is harmful to the firm and its employees. We need to eliminate it.
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The book is interesting and certainly author Culbert is very passionate about the subject. At times, that passion can translate into a bit of belligerence when, really, if you have bought the book he's likely already convinced you by the first page. As with most of these types of HR books, the author seems to stretch the topic as far as possible (it might have sufficed as a white paper!) and there is a lot of rhetoric an
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Janet McNichol
The author clearly hates people working in the HR function and comes across as pompous. I think he could have made his point in a fraction of the pages he took. He offered little on how to prepare managers to hold the performance preview discussions he recommended. I was hoping for some insights into how organizations that move away from performance reviews handle compensation and all he offered was a naive anecdote about his house keeper. Disappointing.
Zoddess
I got this book in a Goodreads giveaway... and I tried so hard to read it. I work for a large corporation obsessed with the Performance Review. I hate it. I was really hoping for a comprehensive analysis of what is wrong with the system and how to fix it - something I could pass along up the corporate food chain to make this nightmare go away. But even with a personal investment, I couldn't make it through this book. In addition to being overly repetitive, this book was written by the most bitte ...more
Christina
I completely agree with Culbert that HR has taken over and stifles productivity within many corporations. I see this in my own company where HR dictates when employees are eligible for promotions, makes it extremely difficult for managers to let go of employees that are clearly not performing and puts up barriers to transfers and external hires that make good business sense. One of my favorite parts of the book is when the author breaks down the 360 review. Although it is not a requirement withi ...more
Jennifer
A quick read, with a funny, hard edge.

I agree that there must be a better way to handle performance reviews, and I would be more than happy to drop them entirely - and I think that his proposal of a performance preview is worthy of exploration. in my 5 years as a manager, I don't think the performance review has ever changed any of my team's actual work. I don't think they're objective, and I don't think they are a great management tool.

Unfortunately, the author offers absolutely no hard statist
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Kelly
I received this book as a giveaway with the first reads program.

As a manager, I try to look out for books that explore creative out of the box techniques to approach team work and managing. I thought the theory behind the book was an interesting one and I do believe that some of the approaches and discussion questions would lead to a more genuine conversation between staff members. For me, the book was not totally applicable as it focused more towards the large corporate environment. I would re
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Beth Meyers
The author made some good points about a better relationship to have with your employees, but his writing style was incredibly off-putting. So much so that I found myself not wanting to agree with him just on principle.
Katharine Grubb
Great, inspiring! Would love to start using the skills offered by Culbert in the workplace. Would also like a follow-up book with tales from people who have tried to put these ideas into practice at their workplaces. What resistance did they face? How did they pitch the idea to the big boss? Oh, and he's really hard on HR people, which was irritating, but worthwhile to keep reading- I tried to keep an open mind. Pleased.
Bob Reed
As a person responsible for 15 reviews per year I can see the merits of this book. The book really explains the need to change our outlook on managing people and start team building. The first few chapters seem to be somewhat repetative, but I assme the authors were trying to make a point. Well worth reading if you have to reiew others.
Bahir
I won this in First Reads and I must say, when I first got it, I thought it seemed like an extremely boring book. I was surprised to find, though, that it was actually very interesting, with a nice touch of humor, while still staying exceptionally informational. All in all, it was a very good read, and I would recommend it to anyone!
Megan
The title and other reviews held such promise. But this book does not fir for my type of work environment. The author seems to think that all HR is evil and out to get you, this is just not the case always.
I didn't even bother to waste my time and finish the book, maybe there were some gems in there, but I never saw any.
Arash Narchi
While I agree with the concepts in this book and share the views. The writing is very poor, full of fluff and no valuable examples to show the great points that this book offers but fails to deliver to readers
Rob Purdie
samuel culbert wants to "make the world of work fit for human consumption" and so do i. read this book if you manage people or are managed by people. then work to make the changes the book suggests :)
Mike Beggs
Performance reviews focus on issues after the fact. A liberating switch is to provide ongoing feedback then use previews to discuss strengths and doing what needs to be done to meet company goals
Christina
Jul 09, 2010 Christina marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Heard this guy on NPR yesterday and he was great. The performance review process can be such a sham but shows no signs of going away.
Mary
Actually, I didn't finish reading this book. It is useless. A total waste of my time. I am sorry i spent money on it.
Margaret
This was a Good Reads book giveaway for me. I could not get into this book. It was a good concept, but a very HARD read.
Amy Kalvig
This was a pretty good book. I agree with the author on many points and found it to be a nice read.
Bruce Flanagan
I agree with this guy 100%, very controversial but I loved it and believe all HR people should read this book
Walter D'agostino
This book is excellent. It will frustrate you if you are in a performance review culture.
Shelley
Apr 03, 2010 Shelley marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
As an HR professional, I think this would be an interesting read.
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Samuel A. Culbert is an award winning author, researcher and full-time, tenured professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. His laboratory is the world of work where he puts conventional managerial assumptions under a microscope to uncover and replace dysfunctional practices. He holds a B.S. in Systems Engineering and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
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