Performance Management: George Washington Style

by Michael Haberman on February 21, 2008 · 4 comments

With the celebration of President’s Day in the U.S. having been this week I was reading some words of wisdom from George Washington. I thought his words would be, should be as applicable today.

“Be strict in your discipline; that is, to require nothing unreasonable of your officers and men, but see that whatever is required be punctually complied with. Reward and punish every man according to his merit, without partiality or prejudice; hear his complaints; if well founded, redress them; if otherwise, discourage them, in order to prevent frivolous ones. Impress upon the mind of every man, from first to the lowest, the importance of the cause, and what it is they are contending for.”

Wouldn’t all our organizations be better off if all our managers and leaders operated by these words. Performance management might not be such a big issue.

Just food for thought.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one } June 2, 2016 at 7:09 am

It is really food for thoughts. I think, we should think seriously about our life and future. We do not understand how short it is. Because of it, we should value our every day.


dana July 4, 2016 at 10:53 am

Because of it, we should value our every day


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George Washington is an icon to follow, the most intelligent and brilliant man ever we’re to be equal to.


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