Instead, fill in the following six statements to begin drafting your first annual career report:
- “I’m known and respected for [two or three things], and in a year, I’ll also be known for [another thing].”
- “The project I’m working on right now will [teach me this] and [accomplish this] for my organization.”
- “The two most valuable lessons I’ve learned in the past three months are [name them].”
- “I’m beginning a campaign to promote my ‘personal brand’ or ‘public persona,’ which will include [name as many high-profile achievements as apply, including your pro bono or civic contributions] and show that I’ve [accomplished what, toward what end].”
- “My important new contacts in the past three months are [list one to three names]. I value these folks [for what reasons].”
- “My résumé is significantly improved from a year ago because of [one or two additions].”
—Adapted from “This I Believe! Tom’s 60 TIBs,” Tom Peters, www.changethis.com.