Aaaah that time of year when office workers around the world dust off the old thesaurus to find words that will convince management that “I am a team player” and “my effort resulted in millions of dollars of revenue”: Performance review time.
And. We. All. Hate. It.
You know this already, right? Searching for the phrase “performance reviews are the worst” returns quite a few resources, many of them recent. In discussing a 2018 article that surveys the history of performance management, a BBC article quotes its author saying something that feels very cathartic for some of…
Note: I originally published this article on September 2019 on LinkedIn
Last month I got an invitation to an event, the kick-off for a community I joined at work. I knew the event was happening on Microsoft’s campus, so I put it in my calendar without checking where specifically it was going to be. When the day came and I checked the invitation a couple of hours earlier to plan transportation, I noticed it was happening at a restaurant. Only at that moment it dawned on me: Oh no. This is a networking event.
A simple web search shows there are tons of networking advice for introverts. I found many of them can be summarized like this: You must do it, and step-by-step you will become an extrovert networker. This was what I believed when I started my career and felt a lot of pressure to attend many of these events, walk-the-room and collect as many business cards as possible. Throughout the years I learned this “truism” is actually not true, and that practicing introvert networking has made me successful. …