RE: Performance Appraisal Dilemma

Subject: RE: Performance Appraisal Dilemma
From: "Giordano, Connie" <Connie -dot- Giordano -at- FMR -dot- COM>
To: "'Pumphrey, Steven M.'" <Steven -dot- M -dot- Pumphrey -at- pmusa -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 12:55:16 -0400


You mean after we pick ourselves up off the floor from laughing so hard? It
sounds like your management team is tragically pointy-haired. Seriously,
though, you are in a bind, cause you obviously see drivel for what it is,
but drivel is what your managers feed on.

I'd edit the heck out of it. For example:
Showed initiative and concern for his teammates when he researched and
implemented a MAC-to-PC conversion process for macros. Found creative
solutions by using diverse tools to accomplish the task with minimal

Or something to that effect. You get your key words in there, referring to
core values without using 150 words to do it. It would also show your
ability to be concise and direct.

I really wish you well.

Connie Giordano

-----Original Message-----
From: Pumphrey, Steven M. [mailto:Steven -dot- M -dot- Pumphrey -at- pmusa -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2000 12:42 PM
Subject: Performance Appraisal Dilemma


One of the accomplishments I am listing is that I "Identified Excel Macros
that needed conversion from the Mac to PC platform." (I haven't yet figured
out which "value" to plug in.) To help with my dilemma I asked a "seasoned"
employee to help me translate my accomplishment into something a Manager
would appreciate and understand. I got back something that I don't fully
understand and definitely something I would not write about myself. My
simple accomplishment bullet point now reads:

"Entered discovery mode to identify spreadsheets and macros -- Steve sought
out diverse resources to determine a place to start the discovery process
(PASSION TO SUCCEED/ Initiative). In addition to inquiries made to the
RSSAs, he contacted sundry support groups and other technical resources in
order to establish scope and to communicate the initiative with minimal
direction from his Team Leader. (SHARING WITH OTHERS/Teamwork) Steve took
advantage of sundry technologies to facilitate the discovery process, such
as e-mail, Internet searches, and reference manuals (DRIVING CREATIVITY INTO
EVERYTHING WE DO/Innovation)."

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