By Joe Girard
Are you worried about your performance? Do you really know what you contribute? Are you unsure of the direction you are going? The steps below will help guide you through a self-assessment and move you towards better performance.
Most times we leave the performance review up to someone else – supervisor, boss. We wait with anticipation to see if we are doing a good job. Wouldn’t it be nice to be totally aware of what you do and how well you do it?
Remember that you are the one who understands what you do every day better than anyone else. Who better to assess and develop your talent than the person in the mirror?
The five stages are:
1. AWARENESS: Understand the goals of your boss and other stakeholders
This will be the most important step of the process and will help you gain the focus you need. In any situation, before change can take place, awareness is the key. Complete awareness of the whole picture. Keep in mind that this stage is not where you share your ideas of how things can change, improve or be more efficient. Request a meeting or share a coffee. You should feverishly take notes. Ask questions, and paraphrase that you understand the information correctly. Ask about what makes them excited about their job and the company. Find out what direction they see it going. Question about what they think the company does great and some wish lists they might have on how the company can improve. You might think that these types of questions could be considered as intrusive; however most people will be happy to talk about their own goals and passions for their jobs.
2. PLANNING: Make a list of everything you do – clean house, start fresh
From watering plants to washing your hands before brain surgery, leave no task off the list. This will allow you to see exactly what you do. Then do the following:
- Analyze the importance of each task. Rate them ABC.
- Analyze the percentage of time spent on each task.
- Compare time spent and importance.
- Find a way to remove unimportant activities.
By freeing up your time and removing unimportant activities, you will unlock the freedom to add new, more productive tasks to your day.
3. ACTION: Set goals for the month and the year – then work to achieve them!