Have you heard the statement, “If you aren’t moving forward you are moving backwards?” One way to make sure you keep moving forward is by evaluating your own progress.
Only by looking at where we are, and comparing it to where we want to be, will we be confident that not only are we moving forward, but we are moving forward in the right direction.
So how do we do an effective self evaluation? Here are the seven rules of an effective self evaluation.
Rule 1. maintain the Drucker ratio
Have you ever worked for someone who only commented on your performance when you screwed up?
Peter Drucker, the management guru, contends that generally people will perform well four times as much as they perform inadequately. Therefore, he contends, a manager should praise the workers four times as often as he criticizes or corrects them.
We need to maintain this ratio in our evaluations of our own work.
Rule 2. use self praise
When you acknowledge your progress you increase your confidence in your competence – even if you are only making little progresses.
Rule 3. be precise in your self praise
When you praise a behavior, be precise, so as to encourage the same behavior in the future. It’s called reinforcement.
To provide this reinforcement:
- be specific
- emphasize behavior
- praise soon after the event
Rule 4. correct your behavior, not yourself
You want to stifle the non productive behavior, not yourself. Focus on behaviors, not on yourself.
When you need to criticize:
- Criticize as quickly as possible after the deficiency has occurred.
- Be specific.
- Look for solutions.
Rule 5. identify the gap
The gap is the difference between what you wanted to happen and what did happen.
- Are you accomplishing your tasks? If not, that is the gap.
- If you are accomplishing your tasks, are you moving toward the achievement of your goals. If not, then that is your gap.
- If you are achieving your goals, is your desired change coming true? If not, that’s your gap.
If you did good work, accomplished what you set out for yourself, give yourself a pat on your back and plan your next tasks.
Rule 6. Bridging the gap
Once you have identified the gap, next figure out how to bridge the gap. Use the model for self motivation to figure out what is going wrong, and how to fix it.
Focus on the future. Instead of asking why this happened, or how come it always happens to me, ask, “How do I make this work?”
Rule 7. Evaluate the evaluation
If you are having trouble with the evaluation, examine how clear you made your goals and tasks. Did you write them down? Clearly written down make evaluations easy.
We all want continuing improvement. With these seven rules, we can guarantee it will happen. And when we keep improving, our dreams can’t help but come true.