We’ve scoured the internet so that you don’t have to. Consider this our monthly roundup of relevant news articles and thought leader pieces to get your wheels turning.

 

Why We Should Retire Traditional Performance Reviews

Despite our best efforts and intentions, the traditional approach to performance management has failed managers, employees, and our organizations.

Most of today’s performance management approaches, no matter what we call them, are often complex, emotionally burdensome, and time consuming, resulting in the most dreaded task we have to do at work. But before you assume that one approach or another is right for your organization, it might be helpful to think beyond the headlines and consider the challenges of the core tenants of the traditional approach to performance “management.”

 

Considering a Government Program To Support Your Startup? Here’s What You Need To Know First.

Governments offer a wide variety of support and funding for entrepreneurs starting or growing their businesses. There is reason to question how effective these programs are to create economic growth and jobs. But what does government funding mean for the individual entrepreneur?

How Brands Can Meet Consumers’ Evolving Sustainability Needs

Consumers’ attitudes around sustainability are evolving to include a broader definition of the term that encompasses effects on people and communities as well as the environment.

Sherry Frey, Vice President of Total Wellness at NielsenIQ, discusses how growing awareness of sustainability is changing shopper habits, and what brands can do to adapt their approach to sustainability with long-term growth in mind.

 

What’s Your Listening Style?

We may have learned that we need to let people speak without interrupting but taking turns talking does not truly denote listening. And unintentionally hijacking conversations to advise, inject humor, empathize, prioritize efficiency, or insert ourselves into the speaker’s narrative is often done with good intentions, but may instead disrupt the human connection we think we’re forging.

Recognizing when to shift out of our habitual styles and consciously apply alternative styles of listening and responding may allow for more effective and meaningful interactions.