Great thoughts as always Claire. From a management point of view, any time an employee admits that they’re aware of a shortcoming and has plans for how they’re going to work on it, it turns into a positive. Everyone has something they can work to improve. If an employee hasn’t given it much thought, it shows they’re either growing complacent or growing conceited.

Another thing I try to assess is which employees can bring perspectives beyond their own assignments. Who can see the overall direction of the team and bring suggestions on how we can better plan and execute across product lines? Even if people don’t have suggestions, if they’re willing to ask those types of questions (similar to the ones you identified), it shows they’re able to look beyond their own immediate needs.

Thanks again for the great article.

Writing helps me realize just how little I know.