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Put Me in, Coach—or, Rather, Put Coaches in

November 17, 2011
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How Do We Overcome the Perception of Favoritism?

November 16, 2011
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I am a manager who has created a situation of perceived favoritism among my staff. I hired a new employee who happens to be a friend. I made the mistake of putting forth a work-improvement suggestion made by the new employee. She and I have been suffering the backlash ever since. How do I go about repairing this fiasco? —Oops, office manager, government, Long Beach, California
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Why Don't Our Managers Want to Attend Expensive Training?

October 27, 2011
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How do we get managers to attend training sessions that are expensive and feature well-known trainers? The general attitude seems to be that they are 'above' the training. —Irked in Administration, Government, Kingston, Jamaica
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2011 Game Changer: Nicholas Christenson

September 29, 2011
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Manager of talent management, Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment, Seoul, South Korea
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Dear Workforce What Should We Consider Before Implementing a System of Multirater Feedback?

September 7, 2011
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Our organization is considering implementation of a multirater feedback 360-degree system. We are concerned about the change.
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Dear Workforce What Alternatives to Forced Distribution Could We Use to Measure Employee Performance

September 7, 2011
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We fear that moving from a forced distribution system of performance management eventually would lead to all employees being rated as average performers. The differences in employee performance would be lost. Other than forced distribution, what methods could we use to measure performance?
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Dear Workforce What Do I Do About the Owner’s Daughter

September 7, 2011
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Our president and owner recently hired his 20-something daughter to work in the firm doing clerical work. Although she has no experience in our field, she recently began threatening several employees with their jobs. How should I approach the daughter/owner about the situation?
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Dear Workforce How Do I Develop a Needs-Analysis Template

September 7, 2011
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I recently was put in charge of plantwide training for our manufacturing company. Internal training is critical for us. How do I develop a needs-analysis template or a general guideline to help supervisors/managers identify performance gaps?
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Dear Workforce How Should We Conduct Performance-Appraisal 'Calibration' Meetings With Managers?

September 7, 2011
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I'm interested in how we could conduct productive performance appraisal “calibration” meetings with our managers. These are the people upon whom we rely to be our talent evaluators. We are starting to hold these meetings and would value any tips, caveats, tools or processes on what works and what doesn't work.
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