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August 4, 2005

News & Opinion: Finding the Words

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 6:24 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture


I know year-end is the traditional time for performance reviews, but I ran across a book for those who have a hard time figuring out what to say.

Paul Falcone has written a book called 2600 Phrases for Effective Performance Reviews. The first half of the book gives you suggestions for skills sets you are evaluating and the second half of the book filled with recommendations for a variety of roles and positions in a typical company.

I thought I might give Jack some suggestions for my next evaluation:
  • Remains open-minded and willing to entertain others' ideas
  • Works very well with clients as well as staff members
  • Requires little or no direction in performing day-to-day responsibilities
  • Listens actively
  • Always has a smile on his face

P.S. Lisa Haneberg at Management Craft had quite the discussion last week about eliminating performance reviews all together. Here is the link to the first entry of the series.

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.