Category Archives: performance management

Small Non-Profits – Is a Balanced Scorecard Overkill?

It’s probably true that all organizations – big and tiny – go through what they consider a strategic review on a periodic basis. The process for this may be tight, it may be loose, but generally the people involved come … Continue reading

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Boards, Strategy, Agenda

An interesting article this month in McKinsey Quarterly, “High-performing boards: What’s on their agenda?” The premise is that Directors report that they have a greater impact as they move beyond the basics. This rather goes without saying (no shit, Sherlock), … Continue reading

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Betwixt and Between: Q3

Poor third quarter: two-thirds of it is trying to get people to pay attention. July and August are hard enough to get three people to a meeting let alone hold a reflective review of the organization’s strategy execution. No matter. … Continue reading

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Performance Reward: Tactical or Strategic?

There is ever-so-much chatter about the relative pros and cons of performance bonuses and whether alternate forms of recognition are better. I think the answer lies in whether performance – be it organizational or individual – is treated as a … Continue reading

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Performance Communication: No Excuses

Inevitably, one of the “big” topics that comes up – and which is usually derided in its execution – is communication. It’s either that it’s not happening at all, or that it’s being done poorly. Frankness is valued, but everyone’s … Continue reading

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Pay-for-performance: an incentive or a reward?

There’s a lot of healthy debate over whether pay-for-performance methodologies are a good thing or a bad thing. It turns out: it depends.

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Pay-for-Performance: A Moving Experience

From Vancouver to Hornby Island My partner, John, and I moved from Vancouver to Hornby Island (one of the gulf islands between the mainland and Vancouver Island) a few days ago. It’s all very exciting and will hopefully allow us … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Gift: Pink Slip

Performance management: sometimes a pink slip is the best gift. You’re not doing yourself or your people any favours by keeping a relationship going that’s not working for either. Continue reading

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Pay for Performance: Always a Hot Topic

Pay-for-performance is a hotly debated topic. There are strong opinions on whether it is a good thing or a bad thing. An organization should think through its philosophy and strategy on compensation and rewards, and differentiation among its people. Continue reading

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Welcome

Welcome to Outburst Performance! Let me introduce myself. I’m Darren Bond; I’ve set up this consulting and contracting practice in strategic planning and performance to bring both my business and arts experience to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. My greatest professional … Continue reading

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