“The man who moved a mountain was the one who began carrying away small stones.” – Chinese Proverb
It’s that time of the year again, the time in which managers sit down with their team members and provide feedback on their respective performance over the prior year. And while these reviews should merely be a confirmation of performance feedback that management provides throughout the year, they are an opportunity for a deeper discussion on the impact of that performance and the trajectory it foretells for us as individual contributors.
Understanding one’s performance in the recent past is always helpful. But what I’ve found to be more important in these reviews are the discussions around professional development – the opportunity it provides for each individual to establish a formal development plan and improve their performance as a member of the team while positioning them for future growth as an individual. Continue reading