Dick’s latest article appears in the July 2011 issue of Training magazine. The article’s subhead provides the article’s core message: “Dump the SMART acronym. Insist that people set wise goals that truly test the limits of their capabilities.”
Is Progressive Discipline a Thing of the Past?
SHRM – January 2010
In this provocatively titled article, writer Rebecca Hastings quotes Dick Grote extensively on the need to refocus disciplinary action from a punitive process to one that concentrates on requiring people to take personal responsibility for their choices of behavior.
Many interviewees throughout Hastings’s article advocate using Dick’s Discipline Without Punishment approach. She concludes her piece by quoting Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D., author of the book, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: P.S. It's All Small Stuff: “Your job is very simple,” Mantell said, quoting from Grote’s book: “To help them become a good employee or an ex-employee.”
When There’s No Pay for Performance
SHRM Online – April 2009
The April 2009 issue of SHRM’s online magazine quotes Dick Grote extensively in Rebecca Hastings' feature story, “When There’s No Pay for Performance.” In the article, Dick talks about why performance appraisal is important even when there’s no money for merit increases.
Manager, Employee Perceptions of Performance Differ
SHRM Online – April 2009
In the April 2009 issue of SHRM’s online magazine, writer Rebecca Hastings interviews Dick about why using self-appraisal is a bad idea for her story, “Manager, Employee Perceptions of Performance Differ.”
Curing What Ails Performance Reviews
HR Magazine – January 2009
In the January 2009 issue of SHRM’s HR Magazine, writer Adrienne Fox interviews Dick Grote about how to improve annual appraisals for her feature story, “Curing What Ails Performance Reviews.” “Grote chooses his words for maximum effect,” she writes, in describing Dick’s prescriptions for remedying appraisal ills.
Poor economy burns low performers
Houston Chronicle – January 28, 2009
In the January 28, 2009 article, “Poor economy burns low performers,” L.M. Sixel of the Houston Chronicle includes Dick Grote’s thoughts regarding the issue of trimming workforces in a bad economy. In the article, Dick provides insight into what smart companies do with their difficult employees and poor performers in tough times.
The Conference Board Review - September/October 2008
The cover story of the September/October 2008 issue of The Conference Board Review is Dick Grote’s new article, “Passing Judgment.” In the article Dick explains that the reason performance appraisal programs fail is typically not because of shoddy forms, bad data and clumsy discussions. The real problem is that most people involved with the performance management process believe a set of myths that actually prevent their performance management procedures from operating successfully — no matter how well the managers have been trained and how expertly the forms have been designed.
Keep Forced Ranking Out of Court
Training Magazine - June, 2008
In the June 2008 issue of Training Magazine, Dick is interviewed by Sarah Boehle for her article, “Keep Forced Ranking Out of Court.” In the article, Dick reinforces the benefits of a forced ranking system and emphasizes the importance of effective procedural and legal training for managers who will be using the system.
Calibration gives performance appraisals an extra element
Dallas Morning News - April 9, 2008
Dick Grote is interviewed by Cheryl Hall of the Dallas Morning News in the April 9, 2008, article, “Calibration gives performance appraisals an extra element.” The article presents the critical need for companies to distinguish their stars from less-than-stellar employees. In the article, Dick discusses the important role of calibration and how it drives truth into the performance appraisal process.
Who measures up?
Utah CEO Magazine - March 2008
Dick Grote is interviewed by Geoff Griffin of Utah CEO Magazine in the March 2008, article, “Who measures up?” In the article, Dick provides an insightful suggestion for how to tell if someone on your management team has the right stuff to be a real leader.
Retooling the Employee Appraisal
Beauty Store Business Magazine - February 2008
In his feature story for Beauty Store Business magazine, Phillip M. Perry interviews Dick Grote on the importance of performance appraisal in organizations. In the article, Dick validates the value of the process and provides key tips and important insight for conducting truly meaningful performance reviews.
HR Magazine Interviews Dick Grote on Calibration
HR Magazine - January 2008
In the January 2008 issue of HR Magazine, Joanne Sammer includes an interview with Dick about an intriguing performance management process called “calibration.” In the interview, Dick explains that it’s not OK for managers to have varying standards of performance, since performance appraisal ratings impact compensation, promotions, development — even terminations.
Focus in face of adversity
Houston Chronicle - October 3, 2007
Dick Grote was interviewed by L.M. Sixel of the Houston Chronicle in the October 3, 2007, article, “Focus in face of adversity.” The article deals with the need to concentrate on the job and stay focused in spite of having to deal with real personal problems. In the article, Dick provides some suggestions on how employees should deal with outside problems that may adversely impact their job performance.
Careers Channel at BusinessWeek.com - July 20, 2007
Emily Keller interviewed Dick Grote for her article about
workplace distractions, which cost U. S. business $650 billion a year. Dick discusses
how that overworking employees and giving managers too many employees to supervise
distracts them from their core mission of doing quality work.
Human Resource Executive - May 16, 2007
In Julie Liedman's article, Dick Grote is quoted extensively on
methods that companies are using to drive the truth into performance management, including
calibration sessions and linking pay to performance.
Fear of Firing
BusinessWeek - April 23, 2007
Dick Grote appears in the cover story of this issue where
he discusses his belief that companies are better off terminating poor performers
than retaining them, as long as they do it right.
Harvard Management Update Interviews Dick Grote on Top Performers
Harvard Management Update - September 2004
Dick Grote is interviewed by Loren Gary of Harvard Business
School Publishing Corporation about the importance of getting the best
performers in the most important jobs, and how to identify an organization's
'A' players. Grote Consulting clients American Airlines, Burlington Northern
Santa Fe Railway, LucasFilm, Sprint and Weyerhauser are also interviewed for
How to Find, Fix, or Fire Your Poor Performers
CIO Magazine - November 2003
In her feature article, Meredith Levinson interviews Dick
Grote about the costs created by underperforming employees, how forced ranking
works and how it can backfire, and five steps to improving performance.
Chuck Old-Style Reviews
Investor's Business Daily - October 2003
In an interview with Cord Cooper, Dick Grote offers tips
for giving meaningful performance reviews.
HR Magazine - June 2003
Dick Grote discusses with Steve Bates the controversial process by which
employees are graded against each other instead of judged against performance
Training magazine calls Dick Grote a "master of development"
In a sidebar to her feature story, "Developing for
Dollars," about the steps companies are taking to build managerial
accountability for developing employee talent, Kristine Ellis focuses on Dick
Grote's approach to writing competencies to reflect mastery performance.
Evaluate This! The New Performance Review
Working Knowledge Newsletter - April 2003
In this Harvard Business School publication, Dick Grote
explains to interviewer Peter Allen that performance appraisals shouldn't be
akin to having a root canal.
U.S. News and World Report - January 2003
Kim Clark's interview with Dick Grote discusses various
methods used in performance appraisals including 360 degree feedback,
technology-based systems, and forced ranking.
OK, Let's Review
Entrepreneur Magazine - October 2002
Dick Grote talks about how appraising the sales staff's
performance does not have to be the biggest pain in anyone's year with writer
Dick Grote interviewed by BBC Radio
October 11, 2002
Dick Grote is interviewed by British Broadcasting Radio in
London about best practices in Performance Management.
Assess Your Workers
USA Today - August 15, 2002
In the article, "Assess Your Workers," Dick Grote is
interviewed about the importance of an effective performance management system.
Performance Reviews and Why You Need Them
Associated Press Newswires - July 2002
In this interview with Joyce Rosenberg, Dick Grote
discusses the importance of performance reviews.
American Management Association publishes Dick Grote's latest book
The Performance Appraisal Question and Answer Book,
which includes common sense answers to more than 140 questions about
performance appraisal, is published by the AMA.
Harvard Business School Interviews Dick Grote on the "Perfect" Performance
In a special supplement to the Harvard Management Update,
the Harvard Business School today published an interview with Dick Grote about
the content and structure of a perfect performance appraisal form.
Performance Reviews: Perilous Curves Ahead
Fortune Magazine - May 2001
The value of grading employees via forced ranking as a
management tool when implemented fairly is discussed by Dick Grote in this
article by Joe Vaughn.
National Public Radio interviews Dick Grote
Morning Edition - March 3, 2001
Bob Edwards and David Molpus of NPR interview Dick Grote on
what businesses are doing to overcome employees' perceptions that performance
reviews are an administrative headache.
Is There a Perfect Appraisal Form? Yes, Says Expert
HR Briefing, a subscription-only journal aimed at senior HR
executives and consultants, devoted the lead story of its February 15, 2001
issue to an interview with performance appraisal expert Dick Grote on the
content and structure of a "perfect" performance evaluation form.
Workforce magazine recognizes significance of Dick Grote's work in performance
Dick Grote is included at number nineteen in a list of the
eighty people, events and trends that have shaped Human Resources in the past