Meeting Management

Before SurveyConnect, I was an HR Director at an organization, a member of the general management team. We would have regular team and project meetings. People would arrive late and multi-task during the meeting. Some meetings had agendas, others did not. Some meetings went late (sometimes because they started late and sometimes because there was no agenda). I remember sitting in these meetings (pre-zoom), figuring out the rate/minute that the meeting was costing (being in HR, I knew what everyone in the room earned) and it was a lot of wasted money!

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Reviewing a Draft 360 Assessment

When clients send me draft 360 assessments for review/edits, I initially look at five key elements.

First, I look at many competencies there are, and how many questions per competency?  I want there to be a similar number of questions per competency (e.g., 3 – 5 or 4 – 6 questions per competency), and I want there to be no more than around 55 questions in the entire assessment.  Backing in to this number, you can have 8 competencies with around 6 questions each, 10 competencies with around 5 questions each, 12 competencies with around 4 questions each.  Sometimes you may have to move questions from one competency to another to get this weighting.  For example, a question around conflict resolution may be placed in the Communication, Collaboration or Leadership competencies.

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360 Feedback Programs in Organizations 2018

Each year SurveyConnect collects and reports out on data that we hope is useful to our clients and friends. In 2018, as in previous years, we decided to focus our questions on the 360 process – how many employees are asked to participate and why, as well as what happens with the data once it is collected. In this way, we can understand the objectives and uses of the 360-degree feedback process at this point in time, and see how answers have changed over past years.  80 people responded to the questionnaire this year; 34% of these respondents are external consultants and 66% are in-house employees.


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Tesla and “Performance Reviews”

The titles of articles in the press this weekend included:

Tesla Fires Hundreds of Workers After Their Annual Performance Review* 

Tesla fires hundreds of employees after ‘performance reviews’**

Tesla tells hundreds of its employees they’re not good enough to work there***

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Competencies for New Professionals

My son graduated from university this past May, and just got his first ‘real’ job as an analyst.  He is technically qualified to be an analyst, but as I know from years of OD, assessment and coaching work, technical skills are just one piece of the puzzle on the way to a successful career.  Working on technical skills while concurrently working on how to manage change, focus on being collaborative and honing our communication skills gives us the best chance to be successful in our work life.

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360 Feedback Programs in Organizations 2016

Each year SurveyConnect collects and reports out on data that we hope is useful to our clients and friends. In 2016, as in previous years, we decided to focus our questions on the 360 process – how many employees are asked to participate and why, as well as what happens with the data once it is collected.

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How to Design a 360 Degree Assessment

Many of our clients come to us with an idea of what they want to cover in a 360 degree assessment, but without having any questions written. We have a process to help in the assessment creation – a way that can show your thinking at each step.

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