With the job completed and the praise, silence or indeed criticism having stopped ringing in our ears, we might choose to take a few moments to spend looking in, reviewing for ourselves our performance.
Our personal assessment might focus on any number of elements making up our work. For now, let’s give attention to three general aspects of any task we are required to perform.
A) Looking in on our preparation
What aspects of the execution should have been better researched, rehearsed or prepared in some manner? To what extent are we satisfied we undertook this stage to the best of our ability, in spite of any pressure put on us to just ‘get the job done’?
B) Looking in on our attitude
Even if we feel competent in managing our emotions and being able to portray a professional manner regardless of how we actually feel, it is worthwhile to explore our attitude to our work. That we all get down or fed up from time to time is not the issue. Any long-term frustrations with what we are called upon to perform could lead us to go through the motions instead of applying our full self to the work. In a similar fashion, lingering doubts or concerns over time have the power to hold us back. Looking in on these items sooner rather than later, on the other hand, has the power to save us unnecessary pain in another moment.
C) Looking in on our execution
Setting aside the feedback from others, useful though it can be at times, we may assess for ourselves our efforts. In our heart we understand the level to which we performed compared to what we are capable of offering. Any discrepancies between the two deserve an examination to evaluate what might be done better the next time we are called upon to undertake a similar task.
Reflecting on these three aspects is probably not enough to fully do justice to our work. It might, however, be a start to the looking in process.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).