A Review in the Middle

My employee and I recently sat down for a mid-year review.  It’s basically a chance to check up on how things are going.  Are you happy in your role?  Do you have any criticisms for me?  Is there anything I can do to make this experience more rewarding?  Do you respect me as a boss?  Do you think I’m funny?  Am I cool?  Is this shirt too blue?  Is my laugh annoying?  Am I talking too much?  Do you hate me?  You do, don’t you?  Oh my God I can’t believe it.  I’m a complete failure.  I’ll never be good at anything in life.  Will anybody care if I locked myself in a closet, sat in a corner, cried until my eyeballs started to bleed, and never came out again?

It’s a very standard business practice.

It’s a process you can’t conduct too often or your employee will think your insecure, which I’m totally 79% positive I’m not.  It’s also a helpful tool to gage performance before it’s too late for both you and your employee to make changes.

Barbers should do this.

“Anything you want to tell me before I turn my head to talk to my colleagues about their kids and drag these clippers across your scalp?”

Cab drivers should do this.

“Before we get on the highway, you should know I only accept buffalo nickels as a form of payment and this full ride will probably cost you sixteen dollars.”

Presenters should do this.

“Does anybody just want me to stop here on slide 53?”

Everyone should do this.

Even if it’s alone for ten minutes a day, a half hour a week, or an hour a month.  Because there’s a benefit in taking a moment to reflect and ask yourself if your life is going the way you want it to go.  If not, what needs to change?  How can you make it perfect?


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