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This is a brand new magazine on the HR scene in
Australia, so I'm pleased to be appearing in the first issues.
Launching a new magazine is always a heart-stopping process, and I wish Jan
& David Halstead all the best in their new venture.
Search for Meaning (apologies to Victor Frankle) (Mar04)
so I pinched the title - from Viktor Frankl’s book – but what an
interesting title, for the first article for 2004. Every year at this
time I go through this conscious/subconscious turmoil, sometimes
gazing at the stars for long periods, wondering just what the hell
it’s all supposed to be about. As any ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the
Galaxy’ fan will tell you, the answer is 42. I guess that’s about
as sensible answer as any other I’ve heard. Maybe we’re just
not supposed to know.
The Extra 1.6Km's (Aug 03)
have the same ring, does it? I wonder if Roman Centurions ever
discussed among themselves how some of their Legionaries had that
special ‘something’ that made them stand out, perhaps commenting
‘Ave! There goes a Legionary that is prepared to transit the extra
Having completed the formal Performance Review process – assuming
it’s an annual event:
is that it? Will we now forget it (with a sigh of compliance
relief) for another year? Not if you want to create a performance
culture, you won’t. The formal Review is just the start… This is
the fourth article in the series.
the Review (Apr/03)
you’ve managed to get Management buy-in (“Selling the Review”,
January issue) and assuming that both parties have put the effort into
preparation (“Preparing for the Review”, February issue), it’s
OK for participants to feel quite positive about embarking on the
Review itself. For some though, the old adage ‘be gentle – it’s
my first time’ might apply. We’re setting a pattern for the future
in what we are currently doing, so let’s make speed a last concern,
and take the time to do it right.
for the Review (Mar/03)
you’ve ever renovated an older home, and been confronted with
rotting timber, you’ll know the pointlessness of simply hiding the
problem with paint. That’s because no matter how good the paint is,
if there’s nothing solid for the paint to get a grip on, then it
will simply fall off within months. Following on from last issue
(Selling the Review), let’s look at how giving some time and effort
into the preparation phase will make the Performance Review more
meaningful, relevant, robust and effective.
the Performance Review (Jan/03)
Given that the benefits of Performance Review are so obvious, and so
well researched, it’s surprising that one even needs to think about
‘Selling’ the process; – Management should be queuing up to buy
in. Steve gives us tips on how to increase your chances of achieving
Steve Punter ANZIM,
Dip Bus (PMER), NCAET, FHRINZ, GNZATD
Staff Training Associates Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand.
© Steve Punter 2004 All rights reserved by the author.
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