Performance Excellence

The Performance Excellence process helps you and your manager have a shared understanding of what’s important to do, and how to do it. It also encourages ongoing conversations about what’s going well, what could go better, and how to get there. 

When you and your manager set meaningful goals, communicate expectations, and share feedback, you will make greater contributions to Northwestern and feel more fulfilled in doing so.

For help getting the most out of the Performance Excellence process, contact your school or unit's HR Business Partner.  

Updated Performance Excellence Form

Performance Excellence FormPDF Document

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  • Note: The form will not work on most tablets and smart phones (iOS or Android).

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Performance Excellence Tools and References

If you have any questions or comments about these tools, please contact your HR Business Partner in Chicago (312-503-8481) or Evanston (847-491-7507).

Performance Excellence Training Courses

Please note that not all courses are offered year-round. To find the next session for your desired course, click on the "Find Upcoming Sessions" link at the end of the description. You can also view a schedule of upcoming classes in our online calendar in PlanIt Purple.

HRD501--Giving & Receiving Feedback

In this highly interactive workshop, employees will learn the most effective ways to give and take performance feedback while maintaining constructive relationships. Discussion and exercises focus on:

Key Points

  • Giving feedback to peers and managers
  • Receiving and clarifying performance feedback
  • Considering feedback in a broader context

HRD502--Leading Performance Discussions

In this highly interactive workshop, managers will learn and practice leading performance discussions while maintaining constructive relationships. Discussion and exercises focus on:

Key Points:

  • Giving positive and constructive feedback
  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Considering feedback in a broader context

HRD503--Setting Performance Objectives

Participants will learn and practice goal setting techniques. Discussions and exercises will focus on:

Key Points

  • “SMART” Goals model
  • Aligning goals to broader organizational objectives