If you were the boss and had you as an employee, would you be happy with your performance, or would you fire yourself?
Let’s pretend for a moment that you are conducting a performance review of your work. Evaluate whether or not your expectations as an employer are being met by your performance as an employee.
Employee Review Considerations
Do you show up late for appointments with yourself or others?
Do you show up at all?
Are you fully present for the task at hand?
Are you able to focus on an important job, or are you too easily distracted?
Do you miss deadlines? Do you only work when you feel like it?
Do you work on what’s important to the boss, or do you procrastinate and waste time? Do you catch yourself spending too much time on little things while avoiding what’s hard?
Do you return calls and emails promptly?
Is all of your communication business-like, or has it grown sloppy?
Do you take initiative or wait to be asked?
Do you only perform when there is a gun to your head?
Do you avoid tasks because you don’t know how to do them, or do you find a way to make them happen?
Do you make excuses or accept responsibility for your actions?
Let’s Think About This
I said above that we are pretending in this exercise, but we are not. Remember: you are the boss.
You are the owner and CEO of the business and your livelihood is at stake.
So do you give yourself a raise? Or do you fire yourself?
A nod to Pamela Bruner for asking this question of our mastermind group.