Most people know what they do and don’t do well. And, those that aren’t aware, deserve to be educated. Here are some top tips on how to give clear, useful performance reviews that will help develop your employee(s).
1. Have your employee fill out their own evaluation as their manager is getting a full 360 degree view (in some cases this may be you).
2. Get a FULL 360 degree view (boss, peers, direct reports)
3. Compare the 360 with their self-assessment. Marry the results.
4. Give employee the results.
5. Meet with employee a week later to help them create a plan of action to leverage strengths, and improve on weaknesses.
6. Manager and employee check in each quarter to see where the employee is in relationship to their plan. Manager coaches as need be.
If you have used other proven methods you’d like to recommend? Please share!
Are you a Solopreneur? While you may not have employees, you have relationships with vendors and partnerships that help you fulfill your brand and work. Here are some recommends for how to fulfill this with your vendor relationships, so the cogs can be removed while the valuable relationships can continue to grow and evolve.
Assessing Your Vendors/Alliances/Partnerships
As a solopreneur, you may not have employees, but successful solopreneurs have partnerships and alliances that help them get their business done… well.
Similar to employee performance reviews, I recommend a partnership review at least once a year to keep the relationship growing and evolving. Here’s how it might look…
- Identify the vendors you use regularly to get things done. Some ideas: designers, assistants (virtual or real life), copywriters, bookkeepers, printers, etc.)
- List out the top 3 based on volume, their value, their potential impact on your business.
- Think through each relationship. Are you happy with the work they produce and results they create for you? What works beautifully? What needs some adjustment?
Some ideas: communication, timing + deadlines, quality of the work, metrix, costs, etc.
- At this point, you can make the decision to end a relationship and find some new partners in that domain OR move on to number 5.
- Find a time to connect in-person with your top pics. I encourage giving people a heads up that you are looking at ways to be more effective and productive as partners prior to your meeting. Let them know that you want their input in that conversation. You might want to help them prepare by giving them a few questions to think about (e.g. what’s working well, what could work better, any other information about growth and/or operational changes that might effect how you work together).
- Meet. Share the love. Share constructive insights. Solidify your relationship.
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It’s been a busy summer at Jen Spencer Coaches. And one of the things I have been doing is being the client.
As a coach and consultant, I have been in business for over four years now. Part of my work this summer has been identifying how to take the business to its next level. How can I expand what I offer to clients, how I offer it, and keep challenging myself to deliver highly personalized experiences to teams and individuals? All of this thinking has led me down some dead-end roads and I’ve needed some help finding my way.
So I engaged a few consultants to help me think through this process. And, I can’t lie. It’s been awkward, uncomfortable, overwhelming and I have felt like I’m going through puberty again. Through this process of discovery for myself, I was reminded of the experience my clients struggle with and embrace when they come to me for clarity, accountability, and evolution.
Changing and stepping into greatness isn’t an easy thing to do. It requires thought, hard work, and whole lot of soul. And, this is what my clients do every day. I knew this conceptually and practically, but going through the experience this summer only reminded me of the critical role I play in my clients’ successes. My consultants have been pushing me. A lot.
Who here has an aversion to the word “coach”? I do.
When I first became a coach, people would introduce me as a ‘life coach’. In an effort to redirect focus, gain status and validation, and not alienate potential clients, I gently said “I’m actually a business and executive coach. It’s really all the same thing, though.”
Life coaching always felt like therapy to me. And, I love therapy, but I wanted my descriptor to be distinct and more accurate around the areas I wanted to focus in my coaching practice.
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What does integration mean to you?
To me, personal integration means that my life is working well. The parts that make up Jen Spencer are firing on all cylinders. They are connected and operate in a system. And the fruits of this integration yield efficiencies and possibilities for alignment that hadn’t existed before. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
And what I have noticed is that when something is off in my work and life or I feel overextended, fragmented or disconnected, integration is usually the only way to realign and get me back on track moving towards my overall goal(s).
It’s been really interesting noticing the same patterns in business lately. In the past 3 months, I’ve been steeped in conferences, surrounded by experts in social business, brands + innovation and interactivity. What’s excited me is that these innovators in enterprise and social profit businesses are clear that – similar to working human beings – they have to integrate to achieve the next level of success. Integration is key to evolution.
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34 x F*%$ Yous
16 x S*!ts
6 x D*&k Faces
1 x D*bag
An “improvement”, according to Gary V. The room erupted in laughter.
His pacing is not a nervous tick. It’s the pathway of a determined man on a mission.
We are in the era of humanization of business. And, the opportunity is great.