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Performance Reviews on Steroids

The key is to remain on board with the employee, instead of playing the heavy. Let the progress reports do the hard work. An added benefit of the reports is that no goal will be overlooked for long without action being taken.

You might wonder, “If I manage like this, how will I ever get my own work done?” Consider the alternative. If your coworkers aren’t accountable, you’ll be doing their work for the rest of your career. Practice this management style consistently, however, and most of your coworkers will require very little of your time. In fact, they will likely become apostles of accountability, replicating your style throughout the organization.

— Gary B. Cohen


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This Reviewer

  1. Art Kleiner is the editor-in-chief of strategy+business and author of The Age of Heretics: A History of the Radical Thinkers Who Reinvented Corporate Management (2nd ed., Jossey-Bass, 2008) and Who Really Matters: The Core Group Theory of Power, Privilege, and Success (Doubleday, 2003). He is a writer, lecturer, and commentator, with a background in business management, interactive media, corporate environmentalism, education, scenario planning, and organizational learning.

This Excerpt

  1. Just Ask Leadership: Why Great Managers Always Ask the Right Questions by Gary B. Cohen (McGraw-Hill, 2009)
  2. Gary B. Cohen is cofounder of CO2 Partners LCC, an executive coaching and consulting firm. He is the cofounder and former president of ACI Telecentrics Inc., a telecommunications services company. He has been a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
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