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8.3. Writing the Evaluation

Once you have the input and have gathered your thoughts, identify one or two themes. Like any other presentation, you will at best be able to make just a few points stick. If there is some obvious area that needs to be worked on, that is a theme. If not, look for areas of strength that could be developed.

While most evaluations focus on Areas for Improvement, I think you should look at strengths first. According to Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton's Now, Discover Your Strengths [Buckingham01], Each person's greatest room for growth is in the areas of his or her greatest strength. In their view, companies spend too much time trying to fix weaknesses and not enough time trying to capitalize on strengths. ...

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