New year usually signals it is time for one of the most misused management tools to be pulled out of the box again, the dreaded performance appraisal.

Done well, a system to manage  the performance of employees, and their managers is one of the most powerful tools to optimise performance, as it encompasses change initiation and management, culture evolution,  project implementation,  personnel development, strategic and tactical development and implementation, all the stuff we talk about regularly, but often do not get around to doing.

It is easy to put aside hard things, who has never seen some of these practices used,  but amongst the thinking that often gets done in this quieter time of the year, it would be wise to review your own systems, perhaps we should rename them “Performance Optimisation” system, rather than performance management.