University of Wisconsin–Madison

Fearless Performance Management

Interested in receiving a 10% discount when you take 3 or more leadership courses?

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Leadership courses that qualify for this offer include:  Launch into Leadership for New Supervisors, Positive Power Plays: Skills for Conflict and Negotiation, Communication & Delegation Skills, Fearless Performance Management, and Leading with Emotional Intelligence.

joan Reese

“The instructor was well prepared, believes in his material and approaches that he has obviously seen work.  He provided real templates to use and extremely useful material to allow participants to implement new processes.”

Joan R. Reese, Business Advisor, Innovenn, Inc.


Your company’s success depends on the commitment of each and every member of your team. This class presents a model for managing employee performance and provides you with specific tools you can use set performance goals, documenting performance, maintain ongoing communication, manage performance, conduct performance reviews, and develop performance improvement plans. Includes a copy of the book Fearless Performance Reviews by Jeff and Linda Russell.


What you will learn:

  • The 7 reasons why performance reviews often create fear
  • The 10 characteristics of fearless coaching conversations
  • How to develop the “right” mindset for performance management
  • What is a collaborative mindset and how to use it to create a winning approach
  • How to use the Great Performance Cycle to create high performing employees
  • The reasons why giving constructive feedback can be difficult
  • 15 tips for giving constructive feedback for great results


Location: Online (link will be sent to registrants shortly before class)

Dates: November 9, 10 & 11 (participants must attend all dates)

Schedule: 9:30 am – 11:30 am each date

Fee: $284

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This Program is preapproved for SHRM recertification



Registration policy: Payment will be required at time of registration. You must have either a credit card or valid UW-Madison funding string to be able to register.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel before the program begins, there is a $25 cancellation fee. If you cancel after the program begins you will be charged for the full program fee. To cancel, call registration at 608-262-3909.

Disability Statement: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the UW-Madison SBDC office at to request accommodations.


Jeff Russell, Russell ConsultingJeff Russell

Jeff Russell, (MS, UW-Madison) co-director of Russell Consulting, Inc., specializes in helping organizations achieve their goals by successfully responding to the challenges of continuous change. With a focus on leadership, strategic thinking, leading change, and performance coaching, Jeff has guided organizations as diverse as Fortune 500 firms, social and public sector organizations, and small family businesses toward their goals. Jeff received his Masters Degree in Industrial Relations from the UW-Madison where he serves as an ad hoc faculty member for the Small Business Development Center. Jeff also is an adjunct faculty member at UW-Milwaukee, and UWLaCrosse.

Jeff and his wife and business partner Linda have co-authored nine books. Recent publications include: Change Training, Strategic Planning Training, Change Basics, Strategic Planning 101, Ultimate Performance Management, and, most recently, Fearless Performance Reviews (McGraw-Hill, 2012). For more information on Jeff and his work, visit Russell Consulting, Inc.’s website at