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  • 20 Questions Smart Employees Ask Themselves

    These 20 questions cover five key areas that are critical to your accurately evaluating how well you’re doing at work. Your answers (or score) predict whether you’re likely to be promoted, fired or kept simmering in the same spot for years to come.

    Score each question on a scale of 1-10 (10 = AWESOME). Add up your total score in each category. If you are totally awesome, you’ll have a total of 200 points. If you score below 30 points in any category, it’s time to take remedial action.

    Job mastery

    How well do I?

    1. Exhibit expertise of the particular knowledge and skills that make me a uniquely valuable employee

    2. Continue to get educated to update my knowledge and skills for my position and the positions I desire to hold in the future

    3. Understand the metrics by which I am evaluated as well as those that my department is judged, and work to excel at those measured behaviors

    4. Manage my tasks and actions to contribute to the performance outcomes set for my department and company

    Communication with my boss

    How well do I?

    5. Understand and articulate my boss’ top priorities and reasons for them, and approach my work in that manner

    6. Know which is of greater consequence to my superior: people, projects or principles

    7. Appreciate my boss’ sense of balancing the need to a) gather information and b) take action

    8. Show that I understand and support my superiors’ professional aspirations

    Relating to others and gaining visibility

    How well do I?

    9. Seek to create significant, lasting connections with everyone in my company

    10. Communicate using all opportunities to strengthen my ties throughout the organization

    11. Manage my intentions and actions to appropriately compete and collaborate with my peers

    12. Project my desire to be a resource to others as well as a willingness to be assisted by them

    Cultural sensibility, belief and belonging

    How well do I?

    13. Keep a clear picture of the formal and informal reporting lines in my company

    14. Like my company’s overall approach to business, people and the marketplace

    15. Believe that I can contribute to the larger goals and vision of my organization

    16. See that opportunities exist for me to grow and gain greater responsibility and authority in my company

    Good judgment and resourcefulness

    How well do I?

    17.  Imagine I would be able to step up and fill in for my boss or another superior, if needed

    18. Seek opportunities to be increasingly effective and efficient with the tools, workspace and funds allocated to me

    19. Build relationships outside of the company that can be leveraged for its benefit

    20. Relate to people who have the capacity to mentor me and widen my scope of influence

    Nance Rosen is the author of Speak Up! & Succeed. She speaks to business audiences around the world and is a resource for press, including print, broadcast and online journalists and bloggers covering social media and careers.

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