Three Years Gone

It’s always an interesting exercise looking back at your experiences and first interactions you have with people who eventually become friends. Recently I did this entirely on accident by casually roaming through the reviews I’d received early in my judging career. I took the time to open and read through a handful of them, in some cases giving me a laugh. Other reviews reminded me about some “oops” moments that now seem like elementary mistakes, like this one from an event where I tried

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Building a Review Dashboard

“I want to get better about writing reviews” is a good goal. “I want to identify what’s keeping me from writing reviews and fix that” is a better one. Moving from a good goal to a better one is partially a state of mind, but willpower can’t solve everything. For that, you need an analytical mind and Excel. IDENTIFYING WHAT MATTERS First, start with a little self-evaluation. Why haven’t you written a review this week? This month? This year? Have you written down any observations

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You Never Forget Your First Review

There are two reviews that I'll never forget: the first review I received and the first review I wrote. When I graduated to L1, I received my first review from . I was immediately impressed by his ability to communicate so much in so few words. Dave’s matter of fact tone in describing my strengths filled me with pride. Rather than tearing me down, his description of my areas for improvement gave me goals to strive for. As a whole, the review gave me a clear picture of myself and my contributions

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Feedback Accountabilibuddies

RIKI: The idea of an accountabilibuddy comes from fitness and exercise. It’s much easier to stick to a diet or workout plan when you do it with a friend. You can set up a competition between you if that type of thing motivates you. You can support each other through tough times. But most often, you have someone to talk to about the journey and check in with from time to time. With that introduction, let’s call upon my accountabilibuddy. Hey, Eric! ERIC: Early this year I set two goals

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The Review Revue

If you’re interested in reviews, reviewing reviews, viewing reviewed reviews, or even re-viewing reviewed reviews, the Review Revue is for you. In the vast majority of my discussions of reviews, judges have excuses--why they don't write reviews or don't like writing reviews. These excuses often boil down to fear. People are always saying that reviews are scary: they're afraid that others will judge their feedback or their writing. This feeling is totally understandable and legitimate. Most

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Busting Three Common Myths About Reviews

What is a review? Fundamentally, it is a collection of words. The words form sentences, and sometimes, though not always, those sentences even make paragraphs. The collection of words offers an observation. Reviews are that simple. So why don’t people write more reviews? Some misconceptions or myths about reviews have created complications. Today I want to address three of these myths. Myth #1: A review is homework. Homework is assigned at school. It’s graded. Nobody likes homework.

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State of the Feedback

I was recently asked about my vision for feedback in the Judge Program and my vision for this blog, and it was surprising how little I had thought about such a fundamental thing. Let’s start with the big question: Why does feedback matter? This one is simple for me, but I don’t know if I’ve ever articulated it in a meaningful way. Feedback sustains the improvement and growth of individuals. The growth of individuals sustains the growth of the Judge Program. Thus, feedback sustains the growth

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