Traditionally, the term “performance management” refers to the process of assuring organizational goals are consistently being met in an effective and efficient manner. Historically, the performance management industry has been driven by the HR function in an attempt to have better performance evaluations to improve organizational development.

More recently, performance management is undergoing a revolution, and is attempting to connect strategy and operational planning to evaluations, so that not only are performance evaluations of higher quality, but the alignment of work is of higher value.

Six Disciplines’ approach to performance management doesn’t start with the performance evaluation function. It starts with vision-building and strategy formation. Then, we focus on developing supporting operating goals for the year and quarter, on a team-by-team basis – custom-fit for your organization.

The result?

Each employee in your organization has a clear picture of what their on-going responsibilities are, and also what key changes need to be made to improve results for their area of responsibility.

If you’ve been following the performance management industry, you can appreciate how much it’s changed and evolved, particularly in the past few years. One thing is clear: there’s a revolution going on in performance management.

This revolution is about creating continuous performance conversations between employees and managers, and using frequent calibration sessions, or check-ins, to gain accurate insight into employee contributions and progress. While annual performance reviews and ratings are not going away due to this revolution, they are playing an increasingly minor role, as companies are shifting their emphasis from collecting performance ratings to creating more effective ongoing performance dialogue between employees, managers, and leaders.

Today, there’s a variety of software and numerous approaches to assist organizations with performance management, goal tracking, project planning, and leadership development. The best performance management tools (like Six Disciplines) give your managers and employees clarity on how plans are progressing, how projects are tracking, and how individual employees are performing against their goals. Performance management is one of the key areas where Six Disciplines is making a large impact.

Performance management software and processes from Six Disciplines offers your mid-market organization an integrated suite of web-based and mobile apps, supporting continuous feedback, productive one-on-one conversations, weekly and quarterly check-ins, productive meetings, goals management, and more importantly, plans management.

Simply put, by adopting Six Disciplines’ performance management software, your organization turns a performance management handicap into a competitive advantage.

With Six Disciplines, your employees can track and update the progress of their plans, goals, and performance results at any time, on any device. Your managers can easily set up multi-rater feedback for their team members, resulting in more meaningful one-on-ones, and more engaged employees.

Six Disciplines enables performance management and coaching to be both team AND employee-driven. This approach drives engagement, motivation, and ultimately improves organizational productivity with more consistent execution of your strategy

Organizations approach Six Disciplines from different backgrounds and perspectives. Some are looking for performance management; some desire goals management; others want better execution.We address all of these needs, but we define ourselves as an “excellence program” because this is the broadest definition of what most organizations want.

Most organizations want to achieve better performance and to be a great place to work. They want to grow profitability and have great relationships with customer, team members, and all other stakeholders. They want to be part of an organization that works well and is something they can be proud of. So we think of ourselves as an “excellence program.” The purpose of our program is to help build strong, agile organizations that learn how to identify what is important (strategy) – and get it done (execution).