Many of us are so busy in our professional lives that we often don't take time to review and assess our work performance until we're forced to - either through formal job evaluations or a setback such as a layoff.

To optimize performance:
   *Articulate your desires
   *Articulate your goals
   *Articulate your strengths
   *Articulate your weaknesses

To accomplish the foregoing:
  *Assess regularly
  *Reflect (know levels of satisfaction/frustration)
  *Journal achievements/setbacks
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Remember the best companies often evaluate their products/services... What would happen if you and I gave the same commitment to our careers?
 (source: Sonia Alleyne/BlackEnterprise).