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πŸ“• Performance Reviews & Unpacking Intent: Let's Dive In!

Published 4 months agoΒ β€’Β 3 min read

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Hey Reader,

Can you believe we're gearing up for another performance review season? Time flies when you're designing, iterating, and pushing boundaries, right? Each year, I take this moment to look back at my journey, the challenges overcome, and the lessons learned.

Last year, I spilled the beans on my Year in Review performance document, and given the season, it feels like a good time to revisit that gem. It's the tool I use to document and reflect on all my work from the past year, and I honestly can't recommend it enough! If you missed it or just need a refresher, here's the video walkthrough.​

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πŸ“Œ Highlight: Dive straight to 4:32 to get a glimpse of the 'Additional Projects' I tackled!

Speaking of reflections, I've been diving deep into understanding our intentions in the workplace, and that led me to the Situation-Behavior-Impact (SBI) Framework. It's a game-changer in decoding behaviors and bridging the gap between our intentions and the outcomes. Ever felt a certain way about someone's actions or your own, but struggled to articulate it? SBI might be what you've been looking for.

What's fascinating about SBI is its simplicity:

  1. πŸ“ Situation: Pinpoint the exact context. For instance, "This morning at the 11 a.m. team meeting..."
  2. 🌟 Behavior: Observe without judging. Say, "You interrupted me during the budget discussion," not "You were inconsiderate."
  3. ❀️ Impact: How did it make you feel or what did it lead to? "I felt sidelined and lost my train of thought."

I've found that using SBI not only demystifies feedback but turns it into a dialogue of understanding, where both parties can genuinely connect. What about you? How do you navigate feedback and reflections? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Interested in learning more? Dive in with this article.​

- Femke


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