Your boss sucks, so what should you do?

I was recently asked about the ramifications of giving feedback about your boss.  See, at Microsoft, we’ve become much more serious about gathering feedback and now make peer feedback part of the review process.  And we continue to gather manager feedback as always.  But giving feedback can be tricky and some of the concerns people…


Commitment Calibration

  At Microsoft, we set commitments regularly for all employees. These are basically goals and focus areas that are written down to help employees remember what to work on and to clarify how their work is being measured. Here are some guidelines on verbosity that help when I review others’ commitments: Some people get carried…

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Evaluating Your Employees

As I mentioned in a previous entry, it’s review time at Microsoft.  I already gave my guidelines on how employees should write their comments.  Now it’s time for my guidelines on how managers should write their evaluations of their employees.  Many guidelines from my previous post apply here.  Being a manager of managers, I find…

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Guidelines for writing good individual review comments

  It’s that time of year again at Microsoft where we get to write our reviews.  I find it helpful as a manager to go over some guidelines with my team as a refresher on how to write good reviews.  These are my opinions from what I’ve learned after doing reviews for the last 15…