The following article was prepared by Mike Taylor, C.P.M., for distribution to ISM affiliate newsletters.
Make The Performance Appraisal Process Personal!
Improve your career by appraising your own performance – mlt 10/2007
1- Interview your manager!
a If you were hiring someone to replace me, what skills, attributes would you be looking for?
b. What do you value most about my work?
c. What can I do to make myself more valuable to you? … the team?.... the company?
d. Are there areas I need to improve?
e. What would you recommend for my personal training plan?
f. What improvements would help me get my next promotion/raise?
g. What do I need to learn in order to qualify for your job?
2- Prepare a short bio - 500 words or less – write it as though someone were introducing you.
a. What do I do? What’s my experience doing it? What skills do I use when doing it?
b. What value do I add to the organization?
c. Identify key career milestones, significant accomplishments and future aspirations
d. Demonstrate some depth… professional awards, recognitions, volunteer organizations.
e. What’s unique about me? A point of interest that will be the basis for a later conversation.
3- Carry a personal reminder (3x5 card): Schedule a monthly meeting with yourself to update it
a. What am I changing about me in order to be a more valuable team member?
b. What professional or technical skills am I presently improving/learning? How? Deadline?
c. What job do I want to have in 3-5 years and what I am doing to get it?
d. What don’t I know about our business and how am I learning about it?
e. What am I contributing to my personal network? Who will I add to the network this month?
4- Maintain a list professional accomplishments: Use actions words and keep adding to the list
a. Managed, directed, lead, coordinated…
b. Acquired, improved, enhanced, increased …
1- You are part of a team. Contributors are much more valuable than disruptors.
2- It’s important to follow all company procedures and policies – but if that’s all you can do – or if that’s all you know - then you aren’t worth much to any other company. Managers want people who understand why and can make appropriate decisions when unique situations arise.
3- You are competing for your job every day. You will be replaced when it’s more valuable to the company to have someone else do the job, or to eliminate the job altogether.
4- When you interview for a job – you have to be better than the other candidates. The hiring manager needs a good reason to hire you instead of someone else.
5- The workforce is not static. Managers have new options and choices for replacement personnel every day.
6- Longevity in your career isn’t necessarily the most important attribute unless you are antique
7- If nobody knows what you do – then it’s easier for them to think that they can get along without you
8- You represent your company in the business community. A business isn’t going to hire someone or keep someone who is embarrassing.
9- Your personal network takes cultivation and regular maintenance.
10- In your bio, don’t use obscure acronyms, or buzzwords – but leave some hooks for discussion. Example: “ Gee, that’s an unusual skill, how did you acquire that…?”