3000 Power Words and Phrases for Effective Performance Reviews

Ready-to-Use Language for Successful Employee Evaluations

by Sandra E. Lamb

A comprehensive yet accessible handbook for writing and conducting meaningful, effective performance reviews, geared toward managers of all levels, from the author of How to Write It.
Performance reviews are one of the best tools managers have to shape company talent and culture, develop strong channels of communication with employees, and create systemic change. However, the stress and struggle to find just the right words is often what managers and HR professionals dislike most about conducting employee evaluations. In this pithy, user-friendly handbook, author and writing teacher Sandra E. Lamb lays out the best methods and proven tactics to administer productive evaluations that benefit both parties—and the company. Lamb teaches managers how to design scoring systems for employees that track progress with hard data, how to best prepare for and conduct both in-person and written reviews, and the key words to use. Covering hard and soft skills, 3000 Power Words and Phrases for Effective Performance Reviews includes lists of powerful phrases and words that clearly describe performance—both positive and negative—including sections targeted to specific industries and jobs. This guide empowers managers at all levels to master the art of performance reviews that achieve results.

  • Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale; August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781607744832
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: 3000 Power Words and Phrases for Effective Performance Reviews
  • Author: Sandra E. Lamb
  • Imprint: Ten Speed Press

In The Press

"Sandra Lamb has come up with a fantastic framework for organizing performance reviews and suggestions for how to best give finely-tuned feedback with eloquent words.  This is a marvelously clever and much-needed book.  Words don't always come easy these days, and wordsmiths are a dying breed.  Sandra is one of the very best.  I highly recommend this book to you."
-Richard N. Bolles, author, What Color Is Your Parachute 
“If a manager desired a ‘how-to’ book that made performance reviews quick, easy and immediately useful, this is the book.  I am recommending this book to every company I consult to.  Why?  Because it definitely is the best performance review book ever written.”
-Michael Mercer, Ph.D., author of Hire the Best & Avoid the Rest

About The Author

SANDRA E. LAMB was a technical writer, editor, and ghost writer before launching her career as a writing teacher. She has guided many diverse groups to greater eloquence, from the American National Cattlewomen's Association to the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Lamb is the author ofPersonal NotesHow to Write It, and Write the Right Words.