Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Why Managers fear giving Performance Evaluations?

Most managers (if not all) dread when the time comes to giving performance evaluations to their employees. This begs the question why? This should not be such a fearful process. After all aren't managers also supposed to be coaches? Isn't this the time for employee growth and development? Shouldn't performance evaluation be the time where managers can be proud of their coaching skills?
 
       Well, there is only one explanation of why this happens. These managers don't give the direct feedback to the employees all year round and wait for the yearly performance evaluation. Talking about performance evaluation of the employee only once a year is not the way to go about it. Some companies have started doing mid-year evaluations. Even if companies don't mandate a mid-year performance evaluation, managers should make it a habit to give feedback to the employee throughout the course of the working year.

     The feedback should not come as a surprise to the employee at the performance evaluation time. If the feedback is a surprise, that would certainly make the process difficult and dreadful. Coaching the employees is one of the most rewarding skills for a manager and they should make it work for both themselves as well as the employees.

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Aditi Chopra is an experienced leader in the software industry.
She is a consultant, writer and a leader.
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Monday, August 15, 2011

5 ways to build trust with employees

Trust is a very important component of managing employees. It takes time and effort to build trust but once it is built, it is very rewarding and makes the team very productive. Here are 5 key ways to building trust with your employees

  • Provide Support when needed. Take hindrances out of their way and make the environment as supportive as possible for employees to do their job.
  • Enable personal development for career growth via coaching and mentoring. Encourage a frank dialogue with the employee for developmental growth. Needless to say, it should be done in a manner so it doesn’t come off as criticism but rather a value add.
  • Never micro-manage. No employee likes to be micro-managed.
  • Reward, reward and reward. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of rewarding good work. Reward need not be in the monetary form, find creative ways of rewarding employees.
  • Be open and available and encourage a two way open communication. Employees should feel that they can reach out to you and your doors are open for them.

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    Aditi Chopra is an experienced leader in the software industry.
    She is a consultant, writer and a leader.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Importance of Self Awareness


Emotional intelligence is the best thing that has happened to explaining leadership in a long time. If you haven't, you must read this book by Daniel Goleman

      My favorite emotional intelligence aspect is Self Awareness. Self Awareness is the hardest of all aspects to develop. I wouldn't think anyone is born with Self Awareness but how and when they acquire it can make a big difference in their lives. As a leader, this quality can be extremely useful and can make one a very effective leader.
      There are so many ways, one can use Self Awareness to their advantage. As a leader, if you are self aware, you would know your strengths and weakness very well and so when you are assembling a team, you would want to hire people with complementary strengths to yours. This way you can build a stronger team and get the work done most effectively.
     Self awareness also teaches us that no one is perfect. We all have our unique strengths and weaknesses. Those looking for perfection in themselves or others will soon realize that it is not a quality they should be looking for when hiring people.
      Another way self awareness works for you as a leader is it makes you more open to taking feedback and/or criticism in a healthy way. Without self awareness, one tends to be defensive and cannot accept feedback in stride. Accepting feedback is the key to improving yourself.

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Aditi Chopra is an experienced leader in the software industry.
She is a consultant, writer and a leader.
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Empathy - an important leadership trait!

As we see around ourselves, we often realize how few people are truly empathetic towards their co-workers or fellow human beings. A lot...