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I noticed the picture below in the linked article about performance ratings. Like most of you, I tend to notice pianos, but curious why one is used to illustrate this piece! It doesn't mention pianos anywhere. Any thoughts?

Why More Firms Are Ditching Performance Ratings

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I think somebody misread "Performance Ratings" as "Performance Artist". Maybe bad handwriting?


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Performing some kind of air?


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Originally Posted by MRC
I think somebody misread "Performance Ratings" as "Performance Artist". Maybe bad handwriting?

Yeah! I wondered if that’s even a real person, or perhaps an installation of some sort.


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Originally Posted by trooplewis
Performing some kind of air?

Haha! Good one (pun intended, I assume). thumb


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Originally Posted by Retsacnal
I noticed the picture below in the linked article about performance ratings. Like most of you, I tend to notice pianos, but curious why one is used to illustrate this piece! It doesn't mention pianos anywhere. Any thoughts?

Why More Firms Are Ditching Performance Ratings

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What the picture is trying to explain that using performance ratings as a standard measurement it pushes employees to one up each other’s accomplishments to the point they now make the performer to play on an ever changing high wire. At least that’s my take.


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Before I retired staff and management had to fill out these horrible Performance Management forum where I had to list by order of corporate importance my current projects and goals backed by metrics. It took 8 months of progress reports to keep my accomplishments appropriately aligned with my boss’s boss’s Performance Management Goals. Overall it was a miserable pain and mostly a waste of time for all the real performance improvement it brought. I nick named it Reindeer Games because we switched employees to an annual performance calendar so would end up doing our final PMF and the employee rankings and ratings came right around Christmas. Performance Ratings and Audits were always fun.


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Interesting, Ret!

Reminds me of something I heard a salesperson say during a sales presentation many years ago. He said if you want your product to get noticed, you need a Purple Cow...

The Purple Cow represents something different from all your competitors, and makes prospects look at your products first, because the others don't have a Purple Cow. smile

I thought the sales presentation was, well, a sales presentation by a seasoned salesperson, talking about a Purple Cow; I'm still not sure if the guy was speaking literally or metaphorically, or a combination of the two.

So, I guess a pianist playing a grand piano suspended in mid air, by cables, is the presenter's "Purple Cow" approach. smile

Quite frankly, I like the illustration of the pianist playing a grand piano, while suspended in mid-air, better than the Purple Cow idea.

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Originally Posted by Rickster
I thought the sales presentation was, well, a sales presentation by a seasoned salesperson, talking about a Purple Cow; I'm still not sure if the guy was speaking literally or metaphorically, or a combination of the two.

Well, there is a purple cow in advertising, just in case you do not know. (I am not sure how well known this chocolate is outside of Europe, so hopefully, I am not stating the obvious...)


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The purple cow advertisement and the company that uses it is new to me. Thank you Mickey. I guess I now know what Rick’s sales guy was talking about. Also my fear of heights and general nervousness playing piano for an audience when both I and the piano are on solid ground, brings home the point in the picture Ret posted. A picture’s worth a thousand words. Thanks. This thread is fun. smile


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or swing?


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Originally Posted by Retsacnal
I noticed the picture below in the linked article about performance ratings. Like most of you, I tend to notice pianos, but curious why one is used to illustrate this piece! It doesn't mention pianos anywhere. Any thoughts?

Why More Firms Are Ditching Performance Ratings

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What the picture is trying to explain that using performance ratings as a standard measurement it pushes employees to one up each other’s accomplishments to the point they now make the performer to play on an ever changing high wire. At least that’s my take.


Interesting observation. thumb
It tends to be true that whatever metrics are put in place, people will try to figure out how to game them.


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Originally Posted by j&j
Before I retired staff and management had to fill out these horrible Performance Management forum where I had to list by order of corporate importance my current projects and goals backed by metrics. It took 8 months of progress reports to keep my accomplishments appropriately aligned with my boss’s boss’s Performance Management Goals. Overall it was a miserable pain and mostly a waste of time for all the real performance improvement it brought. I nick named it Reindeer Games because we switched employees to an annual performance calendar so would end up doing our final PMF and the employee rankings and ratings came right around Christmas. Performance Ratings and Audits were always fun.


Mrs. Retsacnal spent most of her career at the World Bank. They had a Herculean annual review process. It wasted tons of time, and was mostly baloney.

I never had a receive-a-paycheck sort of job after 1996. As a consultant, my review was whether they wanted my continued service. Fortunately, they usually did.

I'm semi-retired now. Teach part-time. Each class has a review in the form of student evaluations, which can be interesting.


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Originally Posted by Rickster
Reminds me of something I heard a salesperson say during a sales presentation many years ago. He said if you want your product to get noticed, you need a Purple Cow...

The Purple Cow represents something different from all your competitors, and makes prospects look at your products first, because the others don't have a Purple Cow. smile

I thought the sales presentation was, well, a sales presentation by a seasoned salesperson, talking about a Purple Cow; I'm still not sure if the guy was speaking literally or metaphorically, or a combination of the two.

So, I guess a pianist playing a grand piano suspended in mid air, by cables, is the presenter's "Purple Cow" approach. smile

Quite frankly, I like the illustration of the pianist playing a grand piano, while suspended in mid-air, better than the Purple Cow idea.

Rick


Interesting. So their gimmick was "you gotta have a gimmick!"
Or, put differently, their purple cow was the purple cow. wink


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Originally Posted by Mickey_
Originally Posted by Rickster
I thought the sales presentation was, well, a sales presentation by a seasoned salesperson, talking about a Purple Cow; I'm still not sure if the guy was speaking literally or metaphorically, or a combination of the two.

Well, there is a purple cow in advertising, just in case you do not know. (I am not sure how well known this chocolate is outside of Europe, so hopefully, I am not stating the obvious...)

[Linked Image] Cool! My brother loved Milka when we were kids in Germany!

But I never knew that the name was a portmanteau of the product’s two main ingredients: “MILch (milk) and KAkao (cocoa or chocolate).” (basically, "Milk Chocolate")

I also didn't know that it had originated in Neuchâtel, which is where I lived in Switzerland!

Man, the stuff you learn on PianoWorld! wink


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Talk about learning off the wall facts from PW. I had always thought the "Purple Cow" was written by Ogden Nash. But when I checked up on it, it turns out it was written by a Gelett Burgess in 1895.

Nevertheless, as he said:

"I'd rather see than be one."


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