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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Write It Well; 2 edition (December 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982447108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982447109
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the increased pace of the business environment, writing and delivering effective performance evaluations is becoming a lost art. This book reminds people how to write a performance evaluation that will be useful to you as a manager and a welcome development tool for your employee. --Craig Pampeyan, Director, Business Operations, Hewlett Packard

Writing Performance Reviews is a great tool to help you ensure that the performance documentation you prepare has all of its positive intended effects, and doesn't lead to unintended problems. --Jonathan Hughes, Director and Business Litigator, Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, PC

I recommend this book! It's a great resource for the people - employee relations consultants, trainers, and managers of managers - who are all responsible for coaching and teaching others how to write effective performance management documentation. --Belva Jennings, Talent Development and Training, Unum

About the Author

<DIV><DIV>A coauthor of The Due Diligence Tool, and E-Mail: A Write It Well Guide, Natasha Terk, president of Write It Well, leads business operations and strategy. She served as a program officer at the Packard Foundation, as a management consultant with La Piana Consulting, and taught business writing at the University of California at Berkeley. She leads on-site and online workshops for clients including Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett Packard, Granite Construction, National Semiconductor, and the Port of Oakland. Her focus is on developing job-relevant, engaging training solutions that help people work more effectively and efficiently.</DIV>

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Natasha Terk is the author of Professional Writing Skills: A Write It Well Guide; Writing Performance Reviews: A Write It Well Guide; and Essential Grammar: A Write It Well Guide. She is the co-author of The Due Diligence Tool and a contributing editor of E-Mail: A Write It Well Guide. As president of Write It Well, Natasha leads the firm's business operations and strategy. Visit www.writeitwell.com for more information about the firm.

A recognized expert on business communication in the workplace, Natasha also leads workshops, webinars, and consulting engagements for clients including IKEA, Check Point Security, Hewlett-Packard, Granite Construction, National Semiconductor, and the Port of Oakland. She develops focused, job-relevant, engaging training solutions that help people work more effectively and efficiently.

Natasha served as program officer at the Packard Foundation and as a management consultant with La Piana Consulting, and she has taught business writing at UC Berkeley. She holds master's degrees from the University of San Francisco and the University of Manchester, UK.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katie Johnson on January 7, 2010
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I was struggling with writing reviews and so my old boss gave me a phrase book for writing reviews. Anyone can tell me how to say "it" differently but the Terk book actually taught me how to write a review that is useful for the person I'm evaluating and to take me - the evaluator - out of the equation by using objective language and examples.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Karchmer on November 28, 2009
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I'm trained as an attorney and have worked in public administration. I wish that every manager and supervisor would read this book. The review process could be so much better if people knew what a well-written objective looked like, what an effective review should be, the guidelines for what is acceptable and what is not, etc. Performance reviews are mandatory in most places and need to be done correctly to protect everyone. But the review process should be more than just a required box to check each year. It offers a valuable opportunity for employee development. This book covers the "right" way to do them and the "best" way to do them to improve performance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David M. Madway on November 19, 2009
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A supervisor confronts no more difficut a task than evaluating subordinates. As a lawyer, I know that a badly done performance review is a path to court or to arbitration. If you lose, you end up with a permanent employee regardless of the quality of his or her performance.

"Writing Performance Reviews" leads supervisors around the potholes and bear traps. It shows how to evaluate peformance by laying out the facts in a manner that leads the reader to his or her own conclusions about the employee's performance, without making unsupported conclusory statements that can be destroyed in an arbitration. The material is concise and includes invaluable examples. It is presented logically and clearly and will enable supervisors to prepare reviews efficiently and effectively.

Without question, "Writing Performance Reviews" is the best book of its kind available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JLK on October 20, 2009
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Every manager on my staff needs to set performance objectives and write performance reviews. I don't want the activity to be a waste of time; I want people to write performance documentation that can serve as learning process for the manager and as a development tool for the employee. Managers worked through the material in this book on their own and the feedback I got was that the objective-setting and review process was (finally!) a lot more satisfying.
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