Dear Jane: On Acing the Evaluation

by 352admin 28. February 2013 13:35

Dear Jane,

My firm’s formal evaluation process is coming up in a couple months.  I think I should do well this year.

Signed,

Waiting and Hoping

 

Dear Waiting and Hoping,

The formal evaluation process is an opportunity for advocacy – it is not a time to be complacent or passive.  Who is on the evaluating committee?  Is there someone on the committee who knows “your story”?  You are highly likely to be disappointed if you figure that others will somehow just know the multiple ways in which you have exceeded expectations.  If you get a chance to have written input into the process, ensure that your input is an effective advocacy piece that is consistent with the political and cultural mores of the firm.  Talk to your mentors, both formal and informal, about how best to inform the committee, as well as partners in your group, about your accomplishments over the last twelve months.  Also take advantage of the opportunity to begin discussing what you want over the next twelve months.  No matter how you think you’ve done over the last twelve months, the formal evaluation process deserves your best organization and advocacy skills.

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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