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Interesting things I’ve read during the past week:

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Performance Feedback – I

I found here a funny analogy with performance feedback:

Question: What’s the difference between performance feedback and a root canal?

Answer: Anesthesia

During performance reviews, I’ve noticed two dominant reactions when receiving negative feedback:

  • Constructive – The receiver listens to the sender’s arguments (if the case, also bringing counter arguments) and he/she provides alternative scenarios, in order to ensure a complete understanding of the issue (if I were to do this differently, than the results would be better). To sum up, the focus is on improvement (finding the path from the current situation to the desired one).
  • Defensive – the receiver brings excuses for his/her failures, finding external factors to blame without taking any personal responsibility. The focus is now not on what he/she can do better but on what others should do in order for him to provide better results. Basically, you play a round of the blame game.

Premise: feedback, as a communication process involves two parties: the sender and the receiver.

Not only is it in the interest of both parties for the reaction to be a constructive one, but it also is in their power to achieve it.

To this effect I will focus on the role of each side in future posts.

LE.: Performance Feedback II – The Sender

LE 2: Performance Feedback III – The Receiver

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What is HR about?

At the beginning of my career I was so naive that I answered the question “Why HR?” with “Because I want to work with people”. Fortunately, I met a real HR professional who told me: “If you want to have a career in HR, consider it being about business, not about people. So, do you really want to work in HR?”

I said “Yes, I do”. Therefore, I had to gain an overview of the business and I put myself in the executives’ shoes, thinking “If I were him/her, what would I expect from HR?”

I still have much to learn about HR, but I think that seeing it from a business perspective helps me.

A useful piece of advice on ”How HR can earn a seat at the table with the Big Dogs

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