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With clear, straightforward (and sometimes profane) language, Culbert (Beyond Bullsh*t) outlines his strategy for creating a "dynamic setting where employees joyfully live up to their potential." Culbert attacks the review process as "self-serving, biased opinion cloaked in a numerical package of claimed objectivity and stated as essential to organizational results." After examining the archaic system with humor and precision, Culbert outlines the shift in mindset that he feels will be necessary to create a more productive working climate. He illustrates his ideas with narratives from his own experience, first-hand tales of woe from stakeholders in the review process, and useful analogies. In addition to advocating for the end of the performance review currently in use, Culbert assails the idea of pay for performance, using humor and insight to outline win-win strategies for managers, decision makers, and even rank and file employees.
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Samuel A. Culbert is Professor of Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is the recipient of the American Association of Publishers Best Management Book of the Year award and the Harvard Business Review McKinsey Award.
Larry Rout is an editor at the Wall Street Journal.
I have worked in HR and I have been on both sides of the Performance Review Process. This book lays out a clear argument for how this process damages teamwork, employee relations,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of information why the traditional annual performance review process is horribly flawed, but not so much practical advice on what to do to replace them OR sell the process to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by robdew
The author clearly hates people working in the HR function and comes across as pompous. I think he could have made his point in a fraction of the pages he took. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janet G. Mcnichol
This books is insulting. I was actually seeking out an alternative to change something I already thought was bad. Read morePublished 4 months ago by amazon customer
Sam Culbert has written a book that I wish I had written...I have been critical of performance reviews for some 30 years now. Read morePublished 19 months ago by David K. Banner
It was decent and I would recommend it. But it's a bit hard to get through everything to really get to the point... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Eric Walth
Excellent text. Sam has a direct and clear vision that he portrays in this book with plenty of examples to support his ideas. Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by Mark Shaw
I don't write reviews but this book is so bad that I am compelled to comment. It is basically 200+ pages of finding different ways to state that performance reviews are across the... Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by J Chancey