One of my favorite podcasts was recorded back in 2011, with Sam Culbert of UCLA. He speaks insightfully on a topic that Dr. W. Edwards Deming championed - replacing the annual employee appraisal (or performance review) with a more ongoing leadership process... being less of a judge and more of a coach. I believe strongly that the annual review process creates more harm than good, even when they are "done well." I've had this transcript made for those who prefer reading over listening. But, I invite you to listen to the discussion at http://www.LeanBlog.org/117.