There’s nothing about an annual review that means you have to do it annually. The annual part is just a diary reminder – do it now or it’ll have been over a year since you did it before. In reality, even a year is too long a gap between meaningful, insightful, direct and progressive conversations between colleagues.
How about every day?
How about direct feedback, good and bad, within a day of whenever it comes up? How about taking the time to unpack the lessons and reset the course every time there’s an obstacle overcome or a progression made?
If it is that time again and there’s a dictated version with particular paths to follow – then dig in. Don’t resent the time or the form or the room your in. Double down, and get to the heart of the thing.
Skippy strategy: Cut out the time for a meaningful review.
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