Annual Review: Demotivation 101

Performance Appraisal. Performance Review. Annual Review… There are nearly as many monikers for it as there are stars in the sky but what it really means is the annual demotivation farce which is perpetrated by employers on their employees. What it boils down to is an asymmetric negotiation about pay and benefits in which the employer holds all the power and the employee must justify their contribution to the company in order to secure a better future for themselves. It’s archaic, unfair and frankly downright distasteful. We need modern…

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Don't lie

Organisations are communities and most of them tend to be pretty tight-knit communities at that. If there’s one thing that living together as human beings for the last 50,000 years has taught us is that communities gossip. There are few real secrets in any tight knit society and those that do exist are held usually by a couple of people or single individuals and as we all know, the best way to keep a secret is to tell noone and ideally forget it yourself! When someone leaves an…

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Failure is not an option!

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A man walks into a bar and says “Failure is not an option!”. From that point on nobody in the bar does anything because life involves risk and risk implies the possibility of failure. Ok, so it’s not a funny story or even a joke… Organisations the world over are strangled by an inability or an unwillingness to balance risk for benefit. When something goes wrong, fingers are pointed, blame is apportioned and the individuals involved castigated to ensure that they…

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