Pancakes and Performance Management

Monday 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Session Description

One of the basic tenets of performance management is building a foundation of trust. If you do not have trust in your relationships with your team, any efforts to give and receive feedback will be lost. Your employees won’t be able to learn, grow, and show up as their best selves if they don’t trust you. Building trust takes time and it doesn’t happen overnight, but it starts day one.

Think of your basic buttermilk pancakes as your trust builders. They are the foundation of the pancake world. You can’t jump into strawberry cheesecake pancakes without learning the basics of the buttermilk pancake. Sure you can follow the recipe, but if you haven’t practiced the basics, your cheesecake bites will go to waste.

Good performance management takes time and is not a one-size-fits-all solution like a pancake mix out of the box. In this session we will explore the right ingredients for a good performance management culture, including:

• How you can create a successful performance management culture

• How to build trust in an organization

• What are the right conditions for performance management and feedback


John Hudson SPHR, SHRM-SCP

John Hudson is a Chicago-based Midwest HR Business Partner with Slalom, LLC. With 20 years of experience in the human resources industry, John provides consultation and expertise in the areas of performance management, employee development, employee relations, compensation, and recruiting. John has worked with top brands such as Harpo Studios, Discovery Channel, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, PepsiCo, and CNA Insurance. He is also a speaker and a writer covering a wide range of topics including HR, pancakes, and running.

John has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Indiana University and the SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.  

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