Powerblanket Receives Manufacturer of the Year Award from UMA

If you haven’t seen this headline somewhere else on the web by now, we’re happy to tell you all about it here. Utah Manufacturers Association recently awarded Powerblanket something we’re pretty happy about. Read on to learn more about the UMA Manufacturer of the Year Award.


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Utah Manufacturers Association (UMA), recently awarded Powerblanket the prestigious award  of Manufacturer of the Year. This award is given annually to the Utah-based manufacturer that proves to be the most innovative contributor to their space. There’s even more to it than this, but we’ll get to that.

UMA has been around since 1905. The organization prides itself on offering the “voice of industry” in the state of Utah, and they’ve been doing so for over 107 years now. UMA has clearly been talking Utah economy for a long time, but talking isn’t all they do. UMA is a trade association, and their goal is to enhance and improve the business climate in the state. UMA doesn’t only offer insight and expertise in the business of manufacturing, but the organization also has considerable experience in the legislative processes of state government. This is how they can do so much to vie for the interests of Utah businesses and the overall economic prosperity of the state.

UMA’s Manufacturer of the Year Award embodies the mission of UMA in multiple ways. By awarding the company that not only proves innovative in their respective markets, but also offers leadership in their industry, UMA’s award encourages and rewards the same idealism by which their organization operates. Powerblanket was chosen to receive this award for 2015, based on the embodiment of these characteristics and more. In fact, why don’t we just give it to you in their own words. According to UMA, Powerblanket received the award “for their outstanding performance in operational excellence, economic achievement, workplace safety, community outreach, and fidelity to the principles of free enterprise.”

Powerblanket is honored to receive such accolades from a high quality establishment like UMA. The credibility of UMA and the Manufacturer of the Year Award lends a great addition to our own image and ethos as a company devoted to “operational excellence, economic achievement, workplace safety, community outreach, and fidelity to the principles of free enterprise.”

So, from all of us here at Powerblanket, thank you, UMA for this great privilege.


Do You Recognize the 3 Parts to a Great 90 Day Performance Review?

90 Performance ReviewWhere is the strangest place you ever received your performance review? What about the bathroom? While I admit that never happened to me, or anyone else I know, it did happen to “Don,” but more on that in a minute.

First though, let me tell you about one of my superstars…Heather.


A few days ago, I met with Heather to do her 90 day performance review. As you can see by her smile, she passed with flying colors. Here are the 3 parts to a great 90 day performance review:

  1. The 90 Day Review is the Really the 13th Review
  2. Identify specific contributions
  3. Review the goals and KPIs


The 90 Day Review is the Really the 13th Review

A performance review is a process, not an event.  If the first time you sit down with someone to review their performance is at the 90 day mark, then congratulations, you just wasted the first 90 days.

The best way to avoid this trap is to set up a weekly one-on-one. I schedule one for each one of my reports and block out 30 minutes for each one. If your goal as a leader is to make your people better, then this is the time to really connect. To really connect with someone, take some time beforehand so you know what ground to cover during the one-on-one.

If you do weekly one-on-ones, the 90 day performance review becomes your 13th review because you’ve already done 12 others.


Identify Specific Contributions

During the review, point out three to five specific contributions she makes to the team. The more specific your examples, the more meaningful the feedback becomes. Take time to relay messages you’ve heard from the other team members so she gets a feel for the breadth of her impact.

If you need to bring up some opportunities for improvement, 90 days is a good time to get them on the table. I like to couch those conversations by telling her two things she’s doing well, then the one opportunity for improvement, and finally one more thing she is doing well.


Review the Goals and KPIs

This is also the key time to solidify the goals she set, as well as her Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). This way, you both know what the definition of success looks like and how to get there.

Now, back to the guy in the bathroom…

According to Rodd Wagner [Twitter link] in 12: The Elements of Great Management [link], “Don” received his performance review later than the company deadline. His boss, in an apparent attempt to make up time, decided to provide great feedback to Don in the men’s room.

Don later wrote, “I happened to be entering the men’s bathroom at the same time as my boss. Standing side-by-side at adjacent urinals, he remarked that he hadn’t had a chance to go over my review with me, but now was as good as time as any. All this was bad enough, and a bit humiliating since we were not alone in there.”

Not surprisingly, Don doesn’t work for that company any more.

Hopefully, though, by treating your people right, you will get your best ones to stay.


Question: How do you go about your 90 day performance reviews?


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