December 24, 2019 - Issue 19-52


Good Afternoon  ,

In this busy holiday week, I'm conserving my time. No doubt you are too.

This letter is a repeat of what i offered in May this year. It's a quick read and listen, and it was one of the more popular issues I've sent. 

As we approach the end of the year many companies instruct their managers to conduct performance reviews. So this seems an appropriate topic for this week.

Enjoy it, whether it's a new idea or a reminder for you! I hope you find value in it.

Have a lovely week and a wonderful Christmas, or whatever occasion you celebrate at this time of year. I hope 2020 is a great year for you!

Here's what I offered in May:

Who likes performance reviews?

I'd venture to say performance review time is stressful for pretty much everyone, reviewer and reviewee alike. Since it's been generally accepted that these reviews are key to performance measurement and improvement, we've done them. Most of the time we haven't thought a lot about alternatives.

Here's a lady with a different idea. Ditch performance reviews and conduct monthly "check-ins". In these check-ins she and her managers ask 3 questions. I'll let Jessica Rovello, co-founder of Arkadium , explain what those questions are in this 64-second video .

They're pretty effective questions, and Jessica reports that performance improves as a result of asking them.

After all, performance measurement should improve performance - right? I'm pretty sure morale improves as well, and that's always a good thing.

Enjoy Jessica's quick look at Arkadium's alternative to performance reviews.



John Stevens


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About John

Throughout a career spanning over 45 years my management style has been one of building teams to bring several competent people together to focus on a common objective. I noted early in my career that, in most organizations, there is an enormous amount of time, energy, and effort wasted by people working at cross purposes.

As I transition to life in the Argentine outback, my focus shifts from coaching to helping other business coaches and advisers get their message out to their prospective clients. With my first-hand knowledge of the benefits of effective business coaching, I am uniquely qualified to help business advisers of all stripes convey their message.

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