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Abolishing Performance Appraisals: Why They Backfire and What to Do Instead

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This is the first book to offer specific suggestions on how to replace performance appraisals with a more effective system that emphasizes teamwork and empowerment. Feedback, compensation, coaching, promotion, and legal documentation are all covered, as well as a variety of new alternatives that produce better results for both managers and employees.
Paperback, 360 pages
Published September 9th 2002 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published January 15th 2000)
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Dave Emmett
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hr, 2014
A great guide to moving towards a more productive work culture based on dialogue, rather than forced communication. I quite liked the format of this book where it laid out the 'conventional assumptions' and then presented better, assumptions which new models can be built off of.
Jurgen Appelo
Fantastic research that completely demolishes appraisals. Pity it's a tiny bit dry and long.
Irene Gracesiana
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
must read book for HR professional, Business Owner, and Top Leader in organization. Especially all the Management Practitioner who believe on human potential.
Arash Narchi
A fantastic read on why performance appraisals fail.

This book is very meaty with tons of content around the different faucets of Human Resources and Human Capital Management so if you're not interested in learning this topic or you are new to it - you may want to read some articles or blogs on the topic first.

Both authors go through the process of why it sucks to do a performance review but also why it has been around for so long and worked decades ago. They provide new solutions around
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This has been one of the best books on the topic of people management and failures of the "traditional organisational management" that I have come across. This book is grounded in great expertise from people such as Peter Block, Ackoff, Deming... And it's not a straight critique of the existing systems but a deep analysis of the underlying assumptions and how they may be flawed and what could be the alternatives.
Olli Helttula
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books I wish I had read a long time ago. It discusses several topics that I have felt uneasy with but never really could put a finger on what exactly was the problem.

Recommended to anyone struggling with traditional appraisal methods. What I found especially good was that the book does not merely discuss appraisals as an isolated process but makes the case that organizations should start seeing employees as human beings instead of resources.
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is an enlightening and informative book about traditional employee performance appraisals and how they don't do much to motiviate productive behavior. This is an excellent read for those who work with colleagues and have to do yearly performance appraisals. This is truly "outside the box" thinking and feel the ideas discussed in this book were refreshing.
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Second book on this subject and about twenty articles later...I wish I had read this one first. The best so far. Presents the case and offers solutions! I was beginning to wonder if I was going to find that.

Three more books to go, determined to get them done in the next couple of weeks. I doubt they will be better than this thoughtful, well researched and well written book.
Too wordy, but a good argument. The answer is coaching. Mostly... I think it's also having a look at how the work "works" rather than how you think it works.

After reading this, move on to Freedom From Command and Control
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