The major reason I’ve spent a lot of time over the last week (with a bit more to go) on SMART goal setting is that goals become the major component of the performance review.
In The Dreaded Performance Evaluation, Anita gives us some great steps to get ready for the actual review (including putting as much effort “into your performance appraisal as you did your NCAA basketball bracket” — priceless…).
But winning the performance review is often done long before review time comes around:
Now, this is not to discount the effort needed to do the actual review. But doing the review is often less important than having the review already written in your manager’s head by your goals, performance, communication ability and your attitude.