Quote of the month: "Success is the maximum utilization of the
ability that you have" Zig Ziglar
Help the Boss Remember You
Briefings ideas that work
Your boss may be so busy that he or she doesn’t notice your accomplishments,
and that can hurt you at review time. To help your boss remember:
- Quiz the boss regularly about your performance. How often depends
on your situation. It might be twice a day, weekly or every few weeks.
Seek specifics. Examples: "What did I do on this project that
you’d like me to repeat next time?" "Do you think I should have done
- Press for as much feedback as you can get if the boss tells
you that you should have handled a situation differently. And use the
opportunity to ask questions that relate to your overall development.
Examples: "What skills do you think I need to work on so I can
handle more responsibility down the line?" "What’s the best approach
for getting those skills?"
- Offer to write a draft of your performance review. Make clear
that you’ll list your successes, shortcomings, strengths and weaknesses.
If the boss accepts your offer, and agrees with your review, it means
you’ve been communicating well. If the boss doesn’t agree, it means
you should ask for more feedback. And the boss may need more reminders
of your successes.
Source: Getting Results...For the Hands-On Manager, 1601
Broadway, New York, NY 10019