One of the most important steps in the cycle of becoming a better CIO is conducting a self-appraisal.
I read this story in an online forum. It was posted anonymously. It drives home the point that we all need to perform self-appraisals of ourselves periodically.
A young boy went into a drug store, reached for a soda carton and pulled it over to the telephone. He climbed onto the carton so that he could reach the buttons on the phone and dialed a phone number.
The store-owner observed and listened to the conversation:
Boy: “Lady, can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?”
Woman: “I already have someone to cut my lawn.”
Boy: “Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price of the person who cuts your lawn now.”
Woman: “I’m very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting my lawn.”
Boy: (with more perseverance): “Lady, I’ll even sweep your curb and your sidewalk, so on Sunday you will have the prettiest lawn on your street.”
Woman: “No, thank you.”
With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver. The store-owner who heard the conversation walked over to the boy.
Store Owner: “Son, I like your attitude. I like your positive spirit and I would like to offer you a job.”
Boy: “No thanks.”
Store Owner: “But you were really pleading for a job with that lady.”
Boy: “No Sir, I was just checking my performance at the job I already have. I am the one who is working for that lady I was talking to!”
Here are some basic questions to ask yourself to conduct your own self-appraisal:
Define your significant accomplishments:
- What are my specific accomplishments?
- What critical abilities does my job require? To what extents did I fulfill them?
- What value have I added to my department or to the business?
Define your personal growth:
- What new skills have I attained this year?
- What new skills have I helped others gain?
Define obstacles you encountered:
- Is there anything that I do that hinders my effectiveness?
- What knowledge, skills, or abilities am I lacking to perform my job?
Describe areas that need attention and plans for improvement:
- Which goals or standards did I fall short of meeting?
- How could I become more productive?
- How can more experience or training be accomplished?