6 Question Performance Review

If you’re like the great majority of leaders, you hate doing performance reviews with your subordinates.  The truth is that most people in your position don’t do them at all, or if they do, it’s a formal process that you and the person you’re reviewing hate.

So today I’m going to pass on a simple review structure, courtesy of executive coach Marshall Goldsmith, that’s performed at the highest levels in some of the world’s largest organizations.

The simplicity of it is interesting and sort of funny, when you compare it with the complicated and terribly formal systems that many tiny companies use (or have but don’t use!)  The six questions are:

  1. Where are we going?
  2. Where are you going?
  3. Doing well?
  4. Suggestions for improvement?
  5. How can I help?
  6. Suggestions for me?

One of the biggest complaints that I run into from employees is that they don’t receive meaningful feedback about how they’re doing in their jobs.

If you’re guilty of being one of the non-reviewers, why not try Goldsmith’s questions as a place to start?  Schedule a meeting today and get it done!


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