Last week I wrote about performance review shock and discussed where the blame might lie when you are blindsided by a performance appraisal. Of those three areas – you, your manager, or your organization – only one is easy to change. You’ve got to take full control of your own performance.
You might be saying “of course!” right about now. “Everyone knows they are responsible for their own performance.” But here’s the thing... It’s not rare for a client to be completely stumped when I ask them to provide quantifiable achievements for each of their recent roles. As we work together to uncover high impact accomplishments, I can see that the self-evaluation process is a new concept.
Be really honest; if I asked you to tell me three quantifiable ways in which you made a positive impact on your organization, could you do it? If you stalled, you’ve got some (very empowering) work to do.
If you are not in the habit of constantly evaluating your own performance, how are you going to steer a performance review? Or position yourself for a promotion? Or defend yourself when an unfair appraisal gets thrown down on the table?
It’s time to be your own champion and take full control of your performance.