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The Importance of Employee Blind Spot Detection

Monday, September 19, 2016

When it comes to evaluating employee performance, it's not always easy to balance your expectations with the employee's own perception of their performance. That's why building blind spot detection into any performance evaluation process your organization has in place is immensely valuable, and it also helps managers to set the right expectations (something that's very important in terms of managing performance).

What do we mean by blind spot detection?

In terms of employee performance a blind spot is a difference between how an employee sees themselves and how their manager and peers see them. It's sadly fairly common, and it can often be a sharp contrast!

Everyone Needs Feedback to Improve

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

It's so important in any career, at any level, that people are coached instead of 'managed' in order for them to improve and progress. Successful coaching and mentoring always includes giving constructive feedback, because it's something that lets the person being coached to discover their own potential, something that's crucial for improvement.

In fact, we all need feedback, whether it's in our personal or working lives. Don't just take my word for it, see what Bill Gates says:

How does feedback help people improve?

Feedback shouldn't only be positive, because if there are issues, people need to be aware of them in order to be able to deal with them. As long as feedback around performance issues is presented in a constructive manner, not accusatory, it gives the recipient a chance to consider how they can solve the issue, and whether they need any support to do so.