The Essential Performance Review Handbook: A Quick and Handy Resource For Any Manager or HR Professional
Sharon Armstrong

Are performance reviews at your company like fruitcake--you get it every year whether you want one or not? It doesn’t have to be like that. Because everyone wants to know how they’re doing, how they measure up, and what their chances are for advancement and rewards. And they want to do things right.

The Essential Performance Review Handbook will help you understand why performance reviews:

• Serve as an important business tool.
• Motivate personnel and increase productivity.
• Help achieve your company goals.
• Improve manager-employee communication.
• Reduce your risk of legal liability.

Whether you’re a manager or a HR professional, this is an indispensable resource to help you create confident, motivated, and productive employees.

Career Press ISBN-10: 1601631138. Available May 20th, 2010, through

The Essential HR Handbook
Sharon Armstrong and Barbara Mitchell

Whether you are a newly promoted manager, a seasoned business owner, or a human resources professional, knowing the ins and outs of dealing with HR issues is critical to your success. The Essential HR Handbook is a quick-reference guide that sheds light on the issues that keep managers up at night. It is filled with information, tools, tips, checklists, and road maps to guide managers and HR professionals through the maze of people and legal issues, from recruiting and retaining the best employees to terminating poor performers.

Career Press ISBN-10: 1564149900. Available August 1st, 2008, through

Stress-free Performance Appraisals
Sharon Armstrong and Madelyn Appelbaum

Performance appraisal is one of the most important, continuous responsibilities of a supervisor. This book takes you through the process of conducting a performance appraisal, where you determine the quality of an employee's performance compared to set objectives, clarify present expectations, and learn the importance of providing employees with positive feedback. The authors break the process down into several steps starting with the planning, the preparation, and the writing of the performance appraisal form. Tips on how the supervisor can protect his or her interests as well as the company's are also provided.

Career Press ISBN 156414-686-3. Available through
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Heeling the Canine Within: A Dog's Self-Help Companion or 10 Stupid Things Dogs Do To Mess Up Their Lives
Liane Leshne and Sharon Armstrong

At last the book that dogs have begged for-a guide to unleashing your full canine potential and honing your competitive edge. Max and Scooter provide both inspiration and expert guidance to help dogs of all persuasions

• Break the cycle of passive-aggressive chewing
• Confront feelings of mixed-breed inadequacy
• Stop burying the past (and digging it up again)
• Apply the principles of power sniffing
• Master the seven habits of highly successful dogs
• Avoid tennis-ball dependency
• Overcome the Lassie complex
• Resist owner-inflicted cross-dressing
• Promote heavy petting
• Read your owner like a book

. . . and much more to help you become top canine in a dog-eat-dog world.

Ballantine Publishing ISBN 0345422015
This book is currently out of print, but often available through