Published on 22nd August 2017 in Leadership
Insights that could change your career
Jack Welsh is one of the world’s most respected and celebrated CEOs. He transformed GE and revenues grew five-fold from $25 to $130 billion. Since retirement, he has become an author and visiting a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. The below is a summary of his recent article that challenges the way you should behave in meetings.
Here are a couple of truths about meetings.
After the meeting, give yourself a mirror-test appraisal where you ask:
Think hard about your performance and give yourself a grade. If it’s too difficult to evaluate yourself, you might also ask a colleague or two for feedback, “How did I do in the meeting? What could I do better?”
Because the reality is, every time you go to a meeting, you’re getting a performance appraisal. Too often, people think of performance evaluations as being career-altering events once or twice a year. Just remember, every meeting, whether it be a budget review, a strategy session, a simple productivity session, or your team’s weekly status update is a performance review for you. Don’t let your feelings and behaviours in these encounters kill your career. They will, if you exhibit the negative characteristics above.
Instead, approach every meeting with a purposeful, high-energy, ready-to-make-a-contribution attitude, and watch how fast leadership’s perception of you follows your behaviour. Not to mention how much more meaningful your meetings become.
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