May 25th, 2016

Ace Your Performance Review and Achieve Job Success (Part 2)

What makes one person a shining star of performance reviews doesn’t always work for everyone. Some of us are born with the determination it takes to succeed, and others have to work a little harder to realize our career goals. But no matter how you become successful, it isn’t something that happens overnight—it takes some serious effort. Here are a few things you can do to help make your case for a glowing performance review.

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Be positive.

A positive attitude doesn’t guarantee success, but a cynical attitude almost certainly guarantees failure. Believe it or not, we can choose our attitudes. It may take some practice, but try ignoring negative thoughts and look for the positive in any situation. It will not only improve your view on things, but also improve the way people view you.

Be accountable.

Continually assess your quality of work and your effectiveness, and hold yourself accountable. If you make a mistake, own it. You’ll earn a lot of respect when you don’t place blame on someone (or something) else. Accept responsibility and move on.

Be organized.

You don’t have to be a neat freak to be a success, but injecting a certain amount of order and structure into your routine will help you save time and stay focused. Get rid of extra “stuff” and simplify your life in every way. The less you have, the less you have to care for.

Be a leader.

Anyone can study a football playbook and draw up a few plays, but that doesn’t mean they’re fit to coach a championship team. Go beyond delegating assignments and tracking progress. Provide encouragement, set a positive example, and inspire your teammates to do their very best work—you’ll earn their respect and increase your chances of having a winning squad. And you’ll show that you deserve the opportunity to manage more responsibility.

Be a better decision maker.

Life is a never-ending series of decisions. There is no guarantee that you will always make the best choice and, in fact, no decision is without risk—good decisions simply minimize that risk. If you can show that you’re an efficient decision maker, you will show that you can assume a bigger role in the company. A good decision maker is always a valuable asset.

Be a specialist.

If you can find something that no one else can do, and you do it well, you will make yourself invaluable to your company.

For more success tips, check out Ace Your Performance Review: Part 1.



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