In an excellent book by Tim Hindle ‘Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus’ he talks about (amongst many other things) the ‘Halo Effect’. He says
Management Skills: Are you suffering from the Halo Effect?
Of course the halo effect doesn’t just trip us up during the recruitment process. We can all fall foul of assuming that because our employee can do A) if follows that they must be able to do B) (and sometimes that’s true – sometimes it’s not!). A very effective way to ensure you are not letting the halo effect mess up your people management is to ensure you are using a systemised, step by step approach to managing your employee’s performance. You can see a sample of an effective performance management system here