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The PerformYard Blog

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

John Courtney

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..

Does Your Performance Management Process have Purpose? These 9 Companies Do.

By John Courtney September 20, 2018

We've all heard the epic stories of game-changers like Jack Welch who seemingly pull off the..

7 Things an Effective Self-Review Form Should Accomplish

By John Courtney September 11, 2018

How would you rate your job performance at our company?

Encourage Employees to Recognize Each Other (without Forcing It)

By John Courtney September 6, 2018

Is this thing on? As leaders and HR managers, we've all felt the humiliation of being the only..

The Anatomy of an Effective Goal: What all those goal setting frameworks have in common.

By John Courtney August 29, 2018

We've all heard the mantras: "A goal without a plan is just a wish," "Goals are dreams with..

How to: Competency-Based Performance Management

By John Courtney August 23, 2018

Richard Nelson Bolles's book, What Color Is Your Parachute?, has sold over 10 million copies in..

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