[Cue music from Les Mis… “Do you hear the people sing? Singing the songs…” 😉]
Performance evaluation strikes a chord of doom and dread in everyone’s heart.
It’s a common business practice with the best of intentions…
- to bring out the best in people
- to strive for optimal organizational results
But it has the unintended impact of creating tension, stress and disengagement for everyone involved.
It’s Engagement, People
In the realm of leadership development, research shows that engagement is the best performance enhancer. And people are more engaged when using and building on their strengths rather than working hard to improve their shortcomings.
So when the goal is building engagement in a team (pro tip – this is always the goal!), focusing on strengths is key.
I help leaders identify the strengths in themselves and in their team, as individuals and as a group.
With a clear awareness, successful leaders focus on maximizing the strengths of the individual and the team and proactively managing trouble spots.
I have two favorite tools at hand to work this magic:
StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a great assessment for identifying the strengths of individuals, whether working solo or on teams.
TIPS is a powerful assessment for evaluating the best use of talent in an organization. This unique tool identifies individuals’ preferred styles of thinking, working, living, interacting and innovating. With that information, leaders orchestrate a dynamic in which everyone’s strengths and talents are actively engaged in the right place and function for business success.
In a perfect world, corporations would redefine the performance evaluation, shifting it away from a stressful dissection of people’s shortcomings to an exploration and a celebration of each person’s strongest talents.
When employees know that leaders really see them and support them in their strengths, they can’t help but soar.