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Helps for Writing an Employee Evaluation

April 7, 2008 | By | No Comments

Writing an employee evaluation? Try these 101 helping sentences.

Academia and the Army have one thing in common.

Yes, there is something. Your Business Blogger(R) is a former Armor Cavalry Officer and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Management, so I was surprised to learn of some overlap.


The results of an employee evaluation

should never be a surprise

Courtesy: Toothpaste for DinnerPerhaps the only intersection is the willingness to share with fellow servicemen or teachers various helps needed for the efficient and effective transference of knowledge.

It is all, well, collegial. For the life of the (military) mind.

A college has two goals — the business of teaching and preparing the student for life.

An Army has two goals — the business of teaching and preparing the soldier for war.

It follows that there are the only two missions that the military should have:

1) Learning to fight and kill and break things, or

2) Fighting and killing and breaking things.

(Sounds like either a firefight or a faculty meeting…)

I recently had a client who was struggling to come up with just the right verbiage for an employee evaluation. I reminded him that this did not have to be an original work of art.

It simply had to be sincere, even if the words were lifted elsewhere. Authentic, even if borrowed.

(This all makes sense when coming from a high priced consultant.)

Your Business Blogger(R) suggested using an old Army briefing book. Remember, it worked for Mitt Romney’s father, George W. Romney who once remarked about being “brainwashed” after a military presentation during Vietnam. It worked for him. It can work for you, too.

For your employees, I mean.

An efficiency report will comment on the employee’s commitment, attention to detail and follow-up.

The best evaluations will outline a sample example of an achievement with a department problem, a solution and the measurable result of the staffer.

One Hundred and One Helping Sentences.

USA Support Command, Saigon Regulation 672-1 Headquarters, USASUPCOM, Sgn 9 Sept 1970, G. White, Armor

[Language has been updated somewhat for our modern times.]

1. Through his untiring efforts, devotion to duty and professional knowledge, NAME has accomplished TASK which increased the effectiveness of DEPARTMENT.

2. The timely guidance he gave to all personnel ensured the maintenance of a high standard of SALES/NOUN of DEPARTMENT.

3. The outstanding record of performance by NAME is due to his attention to detail in all aspects of his duty assignments and to his desire for zero defects.

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Video: The Manager’s Multiple Points of Accountability, Managment Training in 60 Seconds

April 3, 2008 | By | No Comments

Your Business Blogger(R): and

Your Circle of Friends When Your Business Blogger(R) served a tour of duty in government, I learned the harsh reality of what academics called “Multiple Points of Accountability.”

I thought that my boss was my only constituent.

Nope. I learned that I had better pay attention to the press, to other department silos, to numerous associations (aka lobbyists), other political appointees, elected officials — and finally: The Voters.

There is no difference between management in government and business. The basics are constant.

The first thing every manager learns is that he has multiple points of accountability. Points outside his silo.

The manager must nurture multiple points of accountability to turn these to multiple points of support.

He’s got to turn his silo into a circle — of friends.

Watch the one minute clip and let me know what you think.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Script at the jump.

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Video: The Manager’s Formula for Success in 60 Seconds

March 31, 2008 | By | No Comments

Your Business Blogger(R) reviewing

The Manager’s Formula For Success Knowledge+ Network= Success

Managers looking for a formula for success do not need complicated, expensive, pronouncements from academia* or beyond.

As Occam’s Razor suggests, the simplest solution is usually correct.

See E=MC squared. Einstein simple.

Email me if you would like an expansion on the formula and the key constant, support.

Professional managers know well that Knowledge can be nil in the formula and the manager can still be successful.

The Pros know that, if given a choice between Knowing and Getting — for example, the hiring manager evaluating a candidate for a management slot — chooses the ability to garner support.

Even more than knowledge.

A manager can know nothing — but as long as the net in his network is well constructed, he will not be let down.

The transcript is at the jump.

Knowledge plus Network equals Success


The Penta-Posse (-) and Einstein

at Princeton University

Monkey Business



Thank you (foot)notes:

*Your Business Blogger(R) is an Adjunct Professor of Management in Business Technologies at the Northern Virginia Community College.

See: The William Oncken Corporation Announces Licensed Marketing Agreement With Management Training of DC, LLC,

Press Release: The William Oncken Corporation Announces Licensed Marketing Agreement With Management Training of DC, LLC

Dallas, Texas, July 4, 2007 – The William Oncken Corporation (WOC) is pleased to announce it has signed on Management Training of DC, LLC, (MTDC) to launch an initiative to broaden the world-wide reach of WOC’s leadership training products.

Since 1961, The William Oncken Corporation, (WOC) a management consulting company, has trained more than one million managers and leaders. WOC’s flagship seminar, Managing Management Time™, was specifically designed for those individuals in an organization who are valued as much, if not more, for their judgment and influence than for their time and personal effort.

For more on William “Bill” Oncken see bio at the jump.

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You Are Invited: Solutions To Your Management Problems in Baltimore

February 28, 2008 | By | No Comments


Your Business Blogger at the

Stern School of Business, NYU Solutions To Your Management Problems,

Invitation to The Harbour League Seminar-fund raiser for 26 March 2008.

You Are Invited!

60 second script.

This is Jack Yoest Your Business Blogger with Solutions to your Management Problems.

I want to invite you to a short seminar – that you won’t want to miss.

In this short two hour meeting I will talk about what management is – and what it is not.

Here are corrections to common management myths:

Management is not barking out orders.

Management by walking around — is not management.

Management does not empower subordinates.

A Hands – on Manager is not a manager.

In our class I want to emphasis three tactics that will help change your practice of management

1 — Discipline – As a former Armored Cavalry officer I like the Army’s definition – and it’s not what you think.

2 — Selling – If you’ve ever carried a bag like I did as a sales guy – you know that in every transaction – especially in office politics — someone is selling, someone is buying – and managers always get this wrong.

And finally 3rd – Stop it – Every client I’ve ever worked with – every project I’ve ever managed – we’re working too hard because we’re working on the wrong things.

Don’t make these mistakes.

Go to for details and registration


Managers: Are You Controlling Events?

February 18, 2008 | By | No Comments

Your Business Blogger gives a five minute presentation for Managing Management Time (TM)

Are you controlling events?

Or are events controlling you?

Mike Huckabee for President: “Romney Is No Conservative”

February 1, 2008 | By | No Comments

Alert Readers know that the best indicator of future performance is…past performance.

Is it possible to change at the age of 60? Your Business Blogger would hope that we all would embrace continuous learning and update our skills. And to embrace truth. At whatever age.


How many convictions can one man change — all at once — all at a mature age?

Change on Reagan?

Change on abortion?

Change on guns?

Change on homosexuals in the boyscouts?

And each of the changes of heart happens to coincide with position of the Republican conservative base?

This does not seem, as we say in academia, to be authentic.

Watch the clip: Huckabee suggests that Romney found conservative puberty at 60.

Voters should be slow to completely trust any teenager…


Thank you (foot)notes:

Full Disclosure: The wife of Your Business Blogger, Charmaine, has been a paid senior adviser to the Huckabee presidential campaign.

Correction: It is not known if Romney has changed his position on allowing homosexual Boy Scout Masters.

Ed Rollins Joins the Mike Huckabee Presidential Campaign

December 14, 2007 | By | 2 Comments

Personnel is Policy Ronald Reagan.


Bare Knuckles and

Back Rooms

by Ed RollinsMike Huckabee is announcing today in New Hampshire that Ed Rollins will be joining Huckabee campaign. Nobody knows politics like Rollins. He is The Strategist in America who can advise on how to work with and unite social and economic conservatives.


Charmaine Yoest debates Giuliani’s

Presidential positions

Credit: Peter Shinn MIke Huckabee is putting together a terrific team. (The unbiased opinion of Your Business Blogger…)

Alert Readers will remember Ed Rollins debating Charmaine on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 in November — of 2006. This is a long campaign season.

Watch the short segment here and let me know what you think.


Ed Rollins Ed Rollins was the political advisor for Ronald Reagan in 1984. Ed Rollins is a genius who knows how to win and win big.

Our friend Rich Lowry, from National Review has endorsed another presidential candidate. Lowry tells us on Laura Ingram’s talk show that Huckabee has the challenge of bringing the economic and social conservatives together. And that,

“Huckabee has been running his campaign out of his back pocket, and has done it extremely well. There’s a reason, though, that serious candidates surround themselves with policy experts….”

Ed Rollins is another of the experts Huckabee has hired. This hire renders moot each of Lowery’s concerns.

There was only one Ronald Reagan. We cannot bring back the Gipper, but we can bring back his winning team.

Personnel is policy.


Thank you (foot)notes: Charmaine and Ed never met during the Reagan years. Alert Readers will remember that Charmaine had the honor of working for President Reagan (in a more modest position).

The press release,

Presidential Candidate, Governor Mike Huckabee Names Ed Rollins as National Campaign Chairman

Little Rock, AR — Former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee has named Republican political strategist Ed Rollins as his National Campaign Chairman.

“I am proud to announce the addition of Ed Rollins as my National Campaign Chairman,” said Governor Huckabee. “Ed is an unparalleled strategist and is well-known as the man who directed the most successful Presidential campaign in the history of the United States. Ed’s experience and track record building winning coalitions within our party bringing together social, economic and foreign-policy conservatives, and even reaching across party lines, makes him a good fit for our campaign.”

Rollins served as the National Campaign Director to Ronald Reagan in the 1984 presidential election in which Reagan won 49 states.

“I am honored to be joining Governor Huckabee’s remarkable campaign,” added Rollins. “I have always said that I want to work for candidates with convictions who can communicate those convictions. And Governor Huckabee is that candidate. He has the ability to change the political conversation in this country. Among the presidential contenders, he is also the one with the most executive experience. I look forward to working with the Governor over the coming year on the road to the White House.”

Mr. Rollins served in the administrations of Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan, joining the Reagan administration as one of the President’s top advisors in the role of Assistant to the President for Political and Governmental Affairs. He is currently the Chairman of the Rollins Strategy Group, a communications and crisis management firm with offices in New York and Washington, D.C.

Pro-choice Eliza, who blogs at Anderson Cooper 360 Review says,

Charmaine just flat out says Giuliani has no chance and then proceeds to twist the knife around a bit by proclaiming that with his views he should run against Hillary as a democrat.


Ronald Reagan and Charmaine

Your Business Blogger has an on-line subscription to National Review. And has been published by NRO.

I hope they will publish me again…someday.

MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine Presents at New America Foundation: The Politics of Parental Leave

November 21, 2007 | By | One Comment


Charmaine at the

New America Foundation Charmaine recently spoke at the New America Foundation on The Politics of Parental Leave. Her talk was based on her research at The University of Virginia. Her work was funded with a quarter million dollar grant from the Sloan Foundation.

Your Business Blogger found her findings most interesting. In particular, Charmaine discovered that when female academics take parental leave, women use the time off for parenting: to change diapers. Men took the time off to write a book; their wives still changed the diapers.

Who knew male academics were so…traditional?

Charmaine’s topic title was, The Politics of Parental Leave: Is Paid Parental Leave an Effective Means of Promoting Gender Equity in the Workplace? From the New America Foundation website by Paul Testa, Research Associate to the Health Policy Program,

“U.S. political candidates are beginning to produce work and family policy positions in response to what most Americans feel — that work and family balance is a major issue facing American families. Women in particular struggle with such balance and with achieving equality in the workplace. From the floors of Congress to the campaign trails Mandating paid parental leave has often been suggested as a possible solution to such struggles. But is this approach best for women as a whole?

To further this debate, Rev. David Gray, director of the Work Force and Family Program at New America Foundation welcomed Dr. Charmaine Yoest of the Family Research Council for a timely discussion of the politics of parental leave.

Dr. Yoest presented research from her time as the Project Director of the Family, Gender, and Tenure research project at the University of Virginia, which focused on the effectiveness of paid parental leave in academia.

…academia was “crucial case,” to assess whether paid parental leave could really level the playing field for women. “If there’s going to be any place in America where you’d expect paid leave to work, it would be in academia,” she said.

Dr. Yoest’s research centered on a survey of assistant professors with children under the age of two in tenure track positions at universities that offered paid leave policies. Her results questioned several of the traditional assumptions about paid parental leave.

Universities with paid parental leave policies did not have higher levels of female faculty and that paid parental leave policies were not associated with higher rates of promotion for women to more senior faculty positions.

In fact, Dr. Yoest argued paid leave policies may have been detrimental to leveling the playing field. The majority of leave-taking women felt they had less-time for research and writing when they returned and were more likely than their non-leave taking peers to consider dropping off the tenure track. The majority of leave-takers felt such policies made almost no difference in their efforts to receive tenure and some suggested there was a stigma associated with taking a paid leave.

Based on these findings, Dr. Yoest concluded that, “Paid leave may operate as a political fig leaf. The institutional results indicate that the policy by itself does not result in higher levels of achievement for women, making the use of political capital to establish the policy, a poor investment.”

[Her] provocative presentation was followed by lively round of question and answers.”

The New America Foundation has professionally included a video of her 60 minute talk and an audio and her Powerpoint on their site.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Also see You Are Invited: The Politics of Parental Leave at the New America Foundation

And Charmaine’s next talk, MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine at the New America Foundation debating America’s Changing Social Contract

The Effect of Parental Leave Policies

Maternity leave creates workplace debate

What Are the Benefits of Longer Maternity Leave?

House leaders seek to expand staff’s parental leave, By Karissa Marcum, Chris Good contributed to this article.

You Are Invited: The Politics of Parental Leave at the New America Foundation

November 13, 2007 | By | No Comments

charmaine_speaking_ceadarville.GIF Charmaine will be giving a presentation on The Politics of Parental Leave: Is Paid Parental Leave an Effective Means of Promoting Gender Equity in the Workplace? at the New America Foundation.

Start: 11/15/2007 – 12:30pm to 1:30pm

at New America Foundation

1630 Connecticut Ave, NW 7th Floor

Washington, 20009


New America Foundation

From the New America Foundation web site,

U.S. political candidates are beginning to produce work and family policy positions in response to what most Americans feel – that work and family balance is a major issue facing American families. Women in particular struggle with such balance and with achieving equality in the workplace. Several bills have been introduced in Congress to mandate paid parental leave to help women achieve better balance and more equality. But is this approach best for women as a whole?

Dr. Charmaine Yoest of the Family Research Council served as the Project Director of the Family, Gender and Tenure research project at the University of Virginia. The research is the only study of its kind to examine the effectiveness of paid parental leave in the United States.


The University of Virginia

Dr. Yoest’s experience as a researcher, policy advocate and mother of five give her an important perspective on this current debate. Join the New America Foundation’s Workforce and Family Program for a provocative discussion on paid parental leave.

Be sure to visit and let us know what you think.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Charmaine did her dissertation on the Family Medical Leave Act, titled: Empowering Shakespeare’s Sister: Parental Leave and the Level Playing Field.

More on the New America Foundation at the jump.

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You Are Invited: Managing Management Time™ One- Day Seminar

October 2, 2007 | By | One Comment


Monkey Business ManagementHold the date — Friday, November 9th, 2007.

[Caution: Sales Pitch Follows…]

The William Oncken Corporation will be conducting The Managing Management Time ™ One-Day Seminar, in Arlington, Virginia.

Bill Oncken will explore the question, Can Managers Control Events?

Are you running out of time…while your staff runs out of work?

How can the leader get more discretionary management time?

If your management skills need to be sharpened — join us for the day.

WHO Managers who need to get in control of events or to better influence results

WHY Improve managerial effectiveness

WHAT Managing Management Time™.

WHEN Friday, November 9, 2007, 8am to 5pm

WHERE 901 N. Glebe Rd, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22203

FEE $595. Please make check payable to “The William Oncken Corporation”

Purchase Orders and credit cards accepted.

The seminar is often called “The Monkey Management Class”


Thank you (foot)notes:

For more propaganda, please see Managment Training of DC, LLC.

“Life in the business world’s fast lane, for me, would be inconceivable without knowing and applying the business philosophy expressed in Monkey Business,” Richard Viguerie

“Most recommendations you get about handling management are either useless or counter-productive. But in Monkey Business you get the best advice in the universe today,” Paul Weyrich

Morton Blackwell, President of The Leadership Institute, writes about Monkey Business and the seminar,

There are three types of laws.

Man-made laws, the result of human legislation, vary from place to place and time to time. Some are wise. Some are foolish. Some are destructive. Some are unworkable and can’t ever be enforced. Some only apply to specific categories of people…

We can build and fly an airplane, but we’d get into big trouble if we ignored or forgot the physical laws about how gravity affects all objects.

Similarly, there’s a wealth of hard-won, trial-and-error knowledge about the world of human endeavor. Some actions produce better results than others. Those who would lead others in any activity, from politics to business, should seek out and study the best sources of wisdom about what makes someone a successful leader…

Think deeply about the principles presented. Everything you hope to achieve in your current job and all future jobs may depend on your understanding and application of this wisdom.