Ahead of the curve to be on top

Written by Stephanie Tuia

I once heard a statement that no matter how good you think you are, there is always someone else who is better. This appears to be a pessimistic view even to a point of degrading one’s self-worth. However, this saying provides a starting point to understanding one’s gifts or setbacks, one’s strengths or weaknesses in comparison to potential counterparts.

Do you remember in your school band when you wererepparttar third chair among allrepparttar 150686 clarinet players? Do you recall your high school student council campaign? Who was voted in asrepparttar 150687 president and who wererepparttar 150688 runner-ups that year? Who wasrepparttar 150689 starting quarterback who wasrepparttar 150690 2nd string quarterback forrepparttar 150691 college football team? Who wonrepparttar 150692 role of Juliet and who was her understudy forrepparttar 150693 community play?

While being first or second was prevalent in school, it is inevitable in a work force setting and even in everyday occurrences. You might have been a candidate for a lucrative job offer, but was disappointed becauserepparttar 150694 job went to someone else. You might have rushed to a music store to buy an artist’s greatest hits collection only to find out that someone else boughtrepparttar 150695 last CD five minutes before you came in.

Being first or second may be inescapable, but you can take your placement in life’s occurrences as a positive factor to help move you towardsrepparttar 150696 top. Think about these motivating characteristics that can help move leaders ahead ofrepparttar 150697 curve.

Innovation: Many people associaterepparttar 150698 term innovative withrepparttar 150699 act of invention, but we think of innovation as looking at opportunities in a new way or “thinking out ofrepparttar 150700 box.” The fast food industry provides us with an example of one such man. No one will argue that McDonalds’ Ray Croc was “Ahead ofrepparttar 150701 Curve” in this industry. McDonalds was notrepparttar 150702 first hamburger chain in America; other chains can claim that fame. Finding a way to turn burgers and fires into a mass market enterprise set McDonalds “Ahead” and apart fromrepparttar 150703 other chains inrepparttar 150704 1950’s and 1960’s. However, Ray Kroc’s innovative foresight was to standardize menus and restaurants and to makerepparttar 150705 meals affordable that led torepparttar 150706 popularity of McDonalds’s today.

How To Prepare For A Performance Appraisal

Written by Gerard McLoughlin@aol.com

Performance appraisal should be treated as an ongoing developmental process rather than a formal once-a-year review. It should be closely monitored by both employee and reviewer to ensure that targets are being achieved. By preparing yourself diligently and demonstrating a willingness to co-operate with your reviewer to develop your role, you will create a positive impression.

To enable you to assess your own performance as objectively as possible, try to view it from your manager's perspective. Make sure you are conversant withrepparttar company's assessment policies and procedures. Studyrepparttar 150661 performance appraisal documentation carefully. Go through it step by step, anticipating comments and preparing your responses.

Analyse your agreed performance targets. To what extent did you achieve them?

Consider your job description, your role withinrepparttar 150662 organization, your duties and responsibilities.

Assess your performance inrepparttar 150663 light ofrepparttar 150664 problems and frustrations you faced. Have you taken on any additional responsibilities or been involved in extra projects? How have you dealt with changes, innovations or unexpected problems? How does your work compare with that of your colleagues? Are there any ways in which can you increase your value torepparttar 150665 organization?

Keep a detailed record of your work-related activities throughoutrepparttar 150666 year. Specify your contributions and achievements, your difficulties and frustrations. Ensure that all relevant facts and figures are accurate and readily accessible. Collaterepparttar 150667 necessary documentary evidence to support your assertions, e.g. e-mails, memos, letters, press releases, newspaper articles, testimonials, etc.. Make a list of all conferences, seminars and training courses attended.

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