Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Performance Evaluation with the Stars

I hate to admit it, but I suffer through Dancing with the Stars. And I recommend it to you, at least the first few shows. Because, in spite of the theatrics and the character roles the judges are expected to play, they model an impressive set of performance feedback behaviors. In the early rounds, several hapless "dancers" are included in the cast for comedy relief or maybe for a touch of the common folk. They cannot dance. But the feedback they are given is supportive and kind as well as instructive. Yes, they are told they are not dancing, but they are given ideas to help them be better the next time. The truth is told but in a truly constructive fashion. Just another reminder: there are lessons we can learn from many different sources.

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