I make sure to go into the conversation having done my homework on myself, on the reviewer, and on my recent accomplishments and (importantly!) challenges at work.
I have to think about the following: –
- what sort of worker I am?
- how do I like to be managed?
- how do I prefer to be critiqued?
I do an honest personal inventory on my own …
- professional goals
- collaborative style
- thinking/organizational process
I have to consider all these same things for my supervisor especially understanding how she communicates and if there are any unique or challenging ways that she expresses herself. Particularly, I should consider how straightforward and direct my reviewer may be, versus how subtle they may usually be. This is so I can “read” him or her as clearly as possible in the conversation.
Finally, I need to carefully and patiently look back over my recent history and start practicing telling myself specific stories out loud of successes and challenges, being as specific and clear as possible.
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