The PerformYard Blog

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

Deloitte's Radically Simple Review

By John Courtney October 13, 2017

Deloitte, an organization with over 263,000 employees, has one of the simplest performance..

How To: Create a Radically Simple Review Form

By John Courtney October 13, 2017

After writing about Deloitte’s radically simple reviews, the number one response we received was..

Are 10x Stretch Goals Right For You?

By John Courtney May 8, 2017

Google is the most audacious company in the world. Their new projects are often so..

In Defense of Performance Reviews

By John Courtney March 29, 2017

Everyone hates the employee review

The non-practical types love to talk about killing..

5 Tips For Effective Review Meetings with Employees

By John Courtney March 21, 2017

You set up meetings with all your direct reports and head to a small conference room for the..

Shortest Performance Review Form (Just 4 Questions)

By John Courtney March 10, 2017

There is an endless cycle of debate over how to do employee performance reviews. Should you set..

First, Take Back Your Company's Time

By John Courtney February 24, 2017

At PerformYard we serve mid-size organizations (50-500) that are tired of their homegrown..

Deliver Criticism Employees Appreciate

By John Courtney January 24, 2017

Criticism is a fundamental and necessary part of growth. If we want to grow as an individual or..

Love The Problem, Not The Solution

By John Courtney January 12, 2017

At the beginning of each new year we see a lot of articles appearing about the hot new trends in..

Accountability vs Growth: Choose a side (or don't)

By John Courtney December 13, 2016

There is a revolution happening in Performance Management. It is easy to see at corporate..

Traditional vs Strategic HR

By John Courtney November 29, 2016

Google has a famous HR department, they call themselves People Operations or Pops for short. The..

Why You Should Avoid Anonymous Performance Feedback

By John Scott August 6, 2015

Anonymous performance feedback is a popular component of many an organization's performance..

Resources to Get Your Performance Reviews Back on Track

By John Scott December 17, 2014

Performance reviews can be a source of frustration for many in the business world. If you're a..

3 Tips for Delivering Negative Feedback

By John Scott November 13, 2014

Long ago, I received an especially confusing piece of negative feedback:

“Remember three or four..

3 Keys to Productive Performance Check-ins

By John Scott October 13, 2014

Meetings get a bad rap, and the arguments against them are well known:

  •      They get in the way..

4 Examples of Bad Goals

By John Scott September 10, 2014

Goals are all around us. The finish line in a race is the most obvious example, but you might..

Strategic Planning: Be Ready for a Rollercoaster Ride

By Jon Malpass May 19, 2014

Amusement parks have something for everyone. When it comes to planning your trip to your..

“Everyone is above average!” or Why Your Performance Ratings Need Work

By Ben Hastings April 29, 2014

You may have noticed a trend in companies where, because of skews in performance ratings, most..