In this episode, Mitchell Levy, Chief Instigator of Ahas of the Aha Amplifier (http://AhaAmplifier.com),and his co-host for the month, #ThoughtLeader Dr. Stacy Feiner, Executive Coach for the Middle Market, hold an enriching conversation with #ThoughtLeader Rachel Andreasson, Executive Vice President for Wallis Companies (http://www.wallisco.com). This month’s episodes focus on building culture within an organization where talent is optimized and everyone contributes to productivity. As a leader of a family-owned company, Rachel emphasizes the importance of taking on the responsibility to build and sustain a culture that considers the employee truly part of the family. Rachel points out the importance of meaningful conversations with employees, which her company does via periodic performance reviews. The review gives both the employee and the business owner the ability to find ways for improvement and determine how development – both personally and professionally – can occur that will eventually rebound to productivity at work. These conversations, says Rachel, should be a combination of accountability and leadership development for the employee. As her company follows the score-card system, Rachel compares the performance review with sports. Just like baseball, letting your employees know the goal makes them part of the team and motivates them to be productive.
Annual performance reviews can be done in such a way that it will lead to better conversations with employees. For Stacy, having performance reviews is both a science and an art: if you focus too much on the forms, you lose the engagement!
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Here are a couple of AhaMessages from the episode. See more in the “Aha Moments from Thought Leader Life”eBooks available in the social media-enabled eBook platform, Aha Amplifier: http://AhaAmplifier.com/.
• It’s important for any org to have a system that’s sustainable and reaches all people within the org. @randreasson #TLL
• Engage your people in conversations and be curious about them. That’s a culture you want to build in your org. @StacyFeiner #TLL
• Leadership cannot be delegated. So take the opportunity & continue to be the best leader you possibly can! @randreasson @TLL
• Look at performance reviews from a growth perspective. That’s empowering! @happyabout #TLL