A good lead by Lillian Cunningham of the Washington Post:

“As of September, one of the largest companies in the world will do all of its employees and managers an enormous favor: It will get rid of the annual performance review.”

The story talks about Accenture and notes that, according to management research firm CEB, 6% of Fortune 500 companies have ditched performance reviews.

I’m surprised the number runs that high. Most companies like to compile documentation for possible firings or mass layoffs.

In TV, feedback comes when your contract is up. In radio, it’s when the ratings book arrives. Newspapers turn feedback into a stupid and tedious process that often involves some higher-up you don’t even work with.

Where do you see yourself in five years? (“Fondly reading your obituary.”)

What is your greatest strength? (“Self-control because I’m not punching you in the mouth.”)

What do you think you need to improve on? (“Resume writing to land a job at a better place, hopefully in a different industry.”)

We all know that the real answers are blah, blah and blah.

Newsroom bureaucrats seem to have a single passion: To sap the souls of the few good men and women trying to report the news.

And top newsroom management will always follow the grand tradition of the Metropolis Daily Planet’s Perry White, who had Superman on his staff and never figured it out.

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