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Performance appraisals: essential whatever you call them

Opinion New! Written by John Berry on 20th November 2017. Reading time: 4 minutes.

Performance appraisals have come in for some serious criticism recently. And yet the books and articles written which criticise simply advocate performance appraisal by another name – or rather a collection of names. Here's an analysis of the issues.

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The Role of Competency in Staff Development

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 31st October 2017. Reading time: 7 minutes.

This article explores effective staff development showcasing a simple but effective competency framework model that can be used by any firm of any size and complexity to explore their competence gap. To understand competence gap you need to know what competencies you have now, what you need for the future, and how you are going to develop your people to bridge the gap.

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Select apprentices for their career decisiveness

Opinion Written by John Berry on 25th October 2017. Reading time: 4 minutes.

Hiring an apprentice can be more daunting that hiring an experienced worker. Get it wrong and you’ve the management costs and hassle to correct your mistake. But get it right and you’ve have engaged a future high performer. But on what basis do you select your apprentice? The career decisiveness of a young person predicts how well he or she will perform in a job after apprenticeship.

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Winning employee commitment by granting idiosyncratic employment deals

White Paper Written by John Berry on 21st October 2017. Reading time: 23 minutes.

Commitment matters. If managers can get all staff to be committed, other management and leadership activities become possible. Without committed staff, there’s little the manager can do to achieve goals and the firm will just drift. This paper describes commitment and outlines research that shows what managers can do to achieve commitment. The research shows that there is correlation between the idiosyncratic granting of developmental opportunities and affective commitment in those benefitting.

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Energy and process – two keys to successful staff development

Opinion Written by John Berry on 16th October 2017. Reading time: 2 minutes.

Staff development is the act of persuading a member of staff to change – to change their skills, knowledge or behaviours – towards that wanted. That persuasion comes by way of training, mentoring or coaching. Staff have existing competencies and behaviours. The difference between what’s needed and what’s available today is what any development must focus on.

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Mixing internal and external candidates devastates staff commitment

Opinion Written by John Berry on 25th September 2017. Reading time: 5 minutes.

Many managers deliberately mix internal and external recruitment in the hope of selecting the best person for the job from as large a pool as possible. Simply, consider internals first, in isolation. If any internal can do the job – judged by a fixed bar - they go forward with an internals-only contest. Because any one has the ability to excel, a variable bar selection can be used to rank them. Anything else is just wrong, damaging and here’s why.

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11 reasons why job descriptions are key to your business

Opinion Written by John Berry on 5th August 2017. Reading time: 2 minutes.

It’s only when managers come to rely on a job description at some point of impending opportunity or catastrophe that the importance of that simple document becomes apparent. Coupled with that, most JDs are just a list of duties and measuring performance against them is impossible. Here's guidance on fixing that.

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