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The PerformYard Blog

A practical look at building and implementing your perfect performance management process.

John Courtney

Performance Management at Tesla: What we know.

By John Courtney January 17, 2019

Just when you thought performance management was getting soft, along strolls Tesla hitting the..

7 Questions Managers Should Ask Unhappy Employees

By John Courtney January 15, 2019

Have you heard Richard Branson's latest business mantra?

Inspire Your Managers to Write Meaningful Performance Reviews

By John Courtney January 10, 2019

If you want happy, thriving and committed employees, you need to give good feedback. And, when..

What is organizational alignment? And how to do it.

By John Courtney December 18, 2018

Organizational alignment, also referred to as 'strategic alignment', is a company's ability to..

How to Build a Custom Performance Management System

By John Courtney December 13, 2018

Bulky, time-consuming and ineffective. The once ubiquitous annual appraisal has gotten a bad rap..

Creating Questions for an Upward Performance Appraisal

By John Courtney December 11, 2018

Upward feedback, a.k.a. asking employees to review managers, can help you create the kind of ..

How To Create a Feedback Culture

By John Courtney December 6, 2018

Every business leader wants the kind of company where each and every employee feels like they..

The History and Science of Performance Management

By John Courtney December 4, 2018

How often do you hear phrases like 'she's a natural athlete' or 'he's a gifted designer'?

How Regeneron Built Their Performance Management System

By John Courtney November 20, 2018

Have you ever looked up from your day to day and realized there's no rhyme or reason to your..

4 TED Talks on Performance Management

By John Courtney November 13, 2018

Everyone loves a good TED Talk.

Our 5 Big Predictions for Performance Management in 2019

By John Courtney October 30, 2018

It's that time of year again. HR events are in full swing, 'Best of' lists are hitting the..

360 Reviews: Self, Manager, Peer and Upward, which ones do you really need?

By John Courtney October 23, 2018

For most organizations, performance management isn't as linear as it seems.

4 Common Reasons Performance Management is "Broken"

By John Courtney October 18, 2018

Ask the HR critics and they'll tell you, the future of performance management has been hanging..

What are Cascading Goals? (And how to use them.)

By John Courtney October 16, 2018

The idea of using goals as the lifeline between a company's grandest vision and an individual..

How to Increase Completion Rates for Performance Reviews

By John Courtney October 11, 2018

Perhaps more than any other business function, HR performance is hard to measure. How do you..

How Does Amazon Do Performance Management?

By John Courtney October 2, 2018

Is Amazon a lone wolf in the tech world?

How often should we set new goals? How to choose the right goal cycle.

By John Courtney September 27, 2018

Goals are an elusive subject. Research on how to set them, track them, and of course achieve..

Make Your Employee Appraisals More Fair with 4 Simple Ideas

By John Courtney September 25, 2018

If you've been following the performance management space for any amount of time, you know how..

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