Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Are You Prepared For Feedback?

“Everything depends upon execution; having just a vision is no solution.” – Stephen Sondheim

We hear it all the time. Younger people want feedback and lots of it. They want feedback at the push of a button. They want recognition daily.

In accounting firms, many people will be receiving some feedback on their performance as the year closes out and we enter into busy season 2017.

When I was responsible for the performance of about twenty people, one person stands out in my mind. The one who was better prepared than I was!

If you will be talking about your performance with someone soon (and this applies to partners discussing their performance for 2016 with the managing partner), please be prepared. It’s so much more meaningful if it is a two-way conversation.

  1. Look over your goals and be prepared to discuss the ones you accomplished and the ones you did not.
  2. Think about your job description and your role in the firm. Are you meeting expectations? Have suggestions ready on what it will take to improve your skills (no matter how much experience you already have).
  3. Reflect upon your own performance. Do a self-evaluation.
  4. Be prepared with specific examples of where you did something really well and also where there is an example of something you could have done a lot better.
  5. Be sure to have some goals already identified for the coming months.
  6. Be prepared with a list of questions about things that have been on your mind.

Are you bored with the same old performance feedback system? Is it too labor intensive? Does the firm need to update the system? Don’t hesitate to give your opinion during the performance conversation. Maybe you can help the firm make changes to keep pace with current trends.

  • "I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen."
  • Frank Lloyd Wright

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