If you haven’t done so already, you will likely participate in some sort of performance- appraisal process where the value of your accomplishments in 2019 is assessed. Your long-term career success demands your ability to earn an outstanding performance rating, on a consistent basis, year-after-year. How would you rate your performance in 2019? How do you think your boss will rate your performance? If your answer to either of these two questions is, “I don’t know,” it’s pretty unlikely you will receive an outstanding performance rating for 2019–or any year. Why? Because receiving an outstanding performance rating year-after-year is an intentional act. It doesn’t happen by accident or based on luck. It is the result of a conscious, well-executed plan on which you focus every day throughout the year.
At this point there is not very much you can do about your performance in 2019. You can, however, influence how your 2019 performance is perceived. Your best tool for doing so is a self-appraisal. Your self-appraisal is your opportunity to tell your story—the story of how you accomplished your 2019 goals to contribute to the profitability, viability, and success of your department and the organization. The gold standard for self-appraisals is where your boss reviews it and makes one or two minor edits before submitting it as your official, formal performance appraisal. As you can well imagine, there are a host of conditions you must have in place for such a scenario to occur.
I cannot over-emphasize the importance of a well-written self-appraisal for your short- and long-term career success. Use this link to access my book where I provide detailed information on how to write a strong, positive, effective self-appraisal https://www.amazon.com/Crossing-Finish-Line-Accelerating-Digital-Technical-ebook/dp/B07XNDDHWL/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=crossing+the+finish+line+by+addie+perkins+williamson&qid=1576845664&sr=8-2