Richard Frisbie
Author, advertising and
publishing consultant, former editor of
Chicago and other magazines, former creative director of Campbell-Ewald and
other advertising agencies. For more information, click here. Or see
Who's Who in America or,

Margery Frisbie
Consulting editor, historian, poet and author of several books. For more information,  click here or see

Thomas Frisbie
Journalist and author of Victims of Justice

The Uncommentator
BLOGS and GLOBS:  I have been writing a blog since 1966, only I didn't know  it. In those days, it came out in the form of a
newsletter on paper. Remember paper? It never got lost in
cyberspace, although if it got wet enough blog turned into glob. I called it
The Uncommentator, and tried to make it amusing.  To read some of my favorites, see contents.

Recent Books by the Frisbies.

© 2015 by Richard Frisbie


The Uncommentator: Story of the Day

Performance Review Review

March, 2015--A new book by management experts states its argument in the title: Get Rid of the Performance Review! How Companies Can Stop Intimidating, Start ManagingĖand Focus on What Really Matters. The authors note that employees and managers both hate performance reviews.

When I read about this in the newspaper, I wondered what it would have been like if I had ever faced a performance review. Although I have been self-employed for more that 40 years, I could imagine playing the roles both of manager and worker something like this:

Boss: Iíve noticed that you take a nap almost every afternoon. Youíre blatant about it. You get out a folding cot. Not many workers could get away with that.

Worker: Itís your fault. If you hadnít contracted to consult on that safety magazine, I wouldnít have known how healthy and refreshing it is to take an afternoon nap. I tried sleeping on the desk. That was rather uncomfortable, especially if I rolled over on your paperweight made from a petrified starfish.

Boss: I have to admit it was funny when the stitches in the cot gave out one day and your butt fell through onto the floor.

Worker: Youíll notice I immediately  brought in a new cot. I didnít want to upset the office routine. And I figured we could afford a new cot every 20 years or so.

Boss: OK, but hereís another thing: you also never work at night. You always leave for home in time for dinner no matter what.

Worker: So do you.

Boss: Thatís enough performance review for now.

Richard Frisbie

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