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Whether you are currently a leader of many or a leader of one, take time to periodically conduct a personal performance review. Generally speaking, we should conduct a self review every six months so that we ensure our abilities to remain true to our goals and objectives. In cases where there is a time sensitive goal, we may need to conduct our reviews more frequently. A performance review can consist of formative evaluations, summative evaluations, or some combination of the two. A formative evaluation simply refers to a goal or objective that is in process. We conduct formative evaluations to ensure that we do not veer off track from our goals as we are in process. Any pilot or ship’s captain knows that it only takes one unchecked calculation to cause a completely unanticipated outcome or final destination. Similarly, each of our personal or professional reviews should contain clear goals based upon where we, our team, or organization are working to go. Conversely, a summative evaluation occurs when we evaluate our progress at the end of a completed goal or assignment.

In the end, what gets measured gets done. Let’s get to the business of doing today…