Re: Self-reviews

Subject: Re: Self-reviews
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2008 11:33:43 -0500

Downing, David wrote:
> Does anybody here have to do a self-review as part of their performance
> review? I confess I have a hard time with it -- specifically the
> section where you have to list your "key strengths," because you have to
> think of new ones each year. I was wondering if other folks have to deal
> with this and how they deal with it.

I hate those things. I often feel it's the manager shirking his
responsibilities, even if HR put him up to doing it that way.
Unfortunately one of my key strengths is the ability to write
facetiously. So I'll write up a writeup in which I mention that very

For my previously mentioned career change, I think I'll invent new
management systems. Let's see how many I can invent in five minutes.

1. Management by musical chairs. When the horn honks, everyone changes
to doing someone else's task. This causes the training that helps cover
emergencies, but at the expense of a bit of the here-and-now.

2. Management by darts. The agenda for each day for each employee is
discovered by throwing darts at the dartboard. A variation uses one of
the employees, perhaps Wally, as the dartboard.

3. Review by parents, spouses and children. Management, faced with
rebellion against the old-fashioned self review, asks that the review be
completed by those who obviously know the employee best.

Time's up, and it's not even Friday.

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