NU Performance Excellence

The Performance Excellence Process helps the individuals and organizations of Northwestern accomplish their goals. It encourages leaders and their teams to set priorities for what needs to be accomplished and how things need to be done. This results in greater workplace effectiveness, efficiency and engagement.

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

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 summer catalog PDF Icon or our online calendar in PlanIt Purple.

HRD550- Performance Excellence for Employees: What, Why and How

In this informal workshop, employees learn how to get the most from participating in the Performance Excellence Process. Discussions and exercises focus on two key responsibilities:

Key Points

  • Working with your manager to set goals for your work and your professional development
  • Discussing progress with your manager during the year

*Performance Excellence for Employees is offered as part of New Employee Orientation Part 2. If you are registered for or are planning to register for NEO Part 2, you do not need to attend this session.

HRD560- Performance Excellence for Managers I: Initiating the Process

In this highly interactive workshop, managers learn how to initiate the University's Performance Excellence Process and receive valuable guidelines and tools. Participants are asked to bring copies of the formal descriptions of their jobs and of those of the employees they directly supervise. Discussions and exercises focus on the first four of five key leadership responsibilities:

Key Points

  • Setting individual performance objectives
  • Recognizing Northwestern behaviors
  • Setting development objectives
  • Giving feedback

HRD570- Performance Excellence for Managers II: Completing the Process

In Part II, managers learn how to complete the Performance Excellence yearly cycle. Discussions and exercises focus on the fifth key leadership responsibility:

Key Point

  • Conducting year-end performance reviews