Open to Criticism
I remember my first “performance review” of my professional career and being very excited for it. I was excited for two reasons:
- Chance to improve.
- The raise associated withe the review.
The review did give my a chance to reflect upon myself and the work I was doing, but it also gives me a chance to see how other people see me and what they think my weaknesses are. However I did not receive much criticism or ways to improve.
The review was mostly what I was doing well which is helpful, but not as much as learning your weaknesses. I was looking forward to finding out what areas I needed to improve on and finding ways to enhance those areas.
During the review I explained what I thought my weaknesses were (and still are) and how I plan on improving them. I also briefly mentioned my own and my manager’s strengths (I believe my manager enjoyed hearing what he did well or at least I hope so).
Below are what I see as my current weaknesses.
- Average programmer. This is strictly coding related. I do not understand the under lying principles as much as I should and I rely to much on previous constructed examples.
- Communicating a specific point. Explaining exactly what I mean can be very difficult at times.
- Memory. I forget stuff.
- My “strengths”. Even my “strengths” need constant improvement.
There is always room for improvement and at times you need others to point out areas that need work. It seems that I always focus on my weaknesses and not my strengths and that can be a double edged sword.
Of course having the ability to notice and communicate areas of improvement to someone without coming off condescending or like a jerk. This is a useful ability for managers to learn and enhance. Having this ability will allow the manager to strengthen the weakness of individuals, which will in turn help build a stronger team.
I am open to criticism in all things. This blog, my career, and my life. I encourage everyone who reads my blogs (even once, all two or three of you) to tell me when you see an area of improvement.
Throughout my career and life I hope I will always be hunger for more knowledge and improving myself to become a better developer, husband, father, friend, family member, and human being.