I'm usually a pretty decent writer, especially when it's a topic such as "talking about someone I know and have worked with for a period of time."  Every once in a while, though, I find myself stumped and I stare blankly at the screen trying to come up with something to start writing in the box for the Core Value (or performance metric.)  I'm guessing a few of you have faced that as well.  If you also resorted to Google to come up with sample verbiage to use on performance appraisals, were you as mortified as I was by what you encountered?  Here are some excerpts to hopefully bring a smile to your face:

  • When the pressure is on and there is choice to blink or not, Jack too frequently blinks.
  • Jennifer is an asset in many ways but her attitude needs to be kept in check.
  • One of Jim's strengths is his use of candor and effective communication with his employees.
  • When the pressure is on and there is a choice to blink or not, Jack too frequently blinks.
  • Lyle manages a tough schedule with his staff, yet always maintain adequate staffing levels.
  • Brian should communicate project status updates more frequently.
  • Frank promotes a team-centered environment.
  • Kyle refuses to share crucial information with co-workers for fear he will be marginalized.
  • When we’re in crisis mode, we know we can turn to Jenny to craft a viable and inventive solution.
  • Tim isn’t willing to take risks on creative ideas.
  • Phil skillfully overcomes client objections.
  • Ben is such a quality worker, but unfortunately his punctuality is abysmal. This one area is dragging down Ben’s review and must be improved.
  • Teri can handle the run of the mill customer service situation, but the more complex issues seem to cause her to freeze and not react.
  • Ida does not produce as consistent results as her coworkers do.
  • George does not work well with others.
  • Tom is a decent task manager, but falls short when it comes to setting a vision.

Is it just me or do each and every one of these examples violate the MT concepts of feedback?