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Appraisal terms and their meaning

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INTEGRITY

ImageIs trustworthy, reliable and honest – someone who has a strong ability in this area  can be relied upon to work independently, with only minimal supervision. They avoid taking inappropriate risks, are responsible and can be relied upon to act with due diligence.

Strengths

  • Has a high level of integrity
  • Has high ethical standards
  • Accepts responsibility for their own mistakes

Potential Development Needs

  • May need to avoid taking decisions that others consider to be a gamble
  • May need to be more risk aversive
  • May need to be more cautious and avoid risk

CREATIVITY

 The ability to think and act in a creative and innovative manner – Someone who has a strong ability in this area is good at generating novel, innovative ideas. They are often described as having the ability to ‘think outside of the box’, in strategic ways. They often come up with original, creative solutions to problems.

Strengths

  • Appreciates how current actions and events influence future outcomes
  • Good at understanding patterns and relationships in the big picture
  • Is flexible and receptive to new ideas

Potential Development Needs

  • May need to pay more attention to the bigger picture than the details
  • May need to be more open to novel, inventive solutions to problems
  • May need to be more prolific at generating new ideas

LOGICAL AND ANALYTICAL

The ability to think in a logical and analytical manner -Someone who has a strong ability in this area is very rational. They base their decisions on a logical analysis of all the relevant information. They have a well tuned critical faculty and ability for understanding mathematical/numerical problems.

Strengths

  • Has a good grasp of financial/numerical data
  • Understands mathematical ideas/concepts
  • Is good at analysing trends in numerical/statistical data

Potential Development Needs

  • May need to scrutinise new ideas/information in a more critical manner
  • May need to appraise new information and ideas in a more critical manner
  • May need to focus on identifying relevant information and arguments

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

The ability to easily build rapport with other people in a positive manner – Someone who has a strong ability in this area has a high level of interpersonal sensitivity and empathy. They are good at building and maintaining harmonious relationships, at resolving interpersonal conflicts and supporting colleagues.

Strengths

  • Shows genuine concerned about colleagues’ welfare
  • Fosters good working relationships with colleagues
  • Is concerned and considerate of colleagues

Potential Development Needs

  • May need to develop the ability to anticipate others’ reactions to events/situations
  • May need to work at developing insight into others’ thoughts/feelings
  • May need to pay more attention to the nuances in social settings

RESILIENCE

The ability to remain objective and keep control of emotions in the face in criticism – Someone who has a strong ability in this area copes well with pressure and is generally calm and controlled. They have the ability to cope with emotionally charged situations and are unlikely to get flustered, or lose their temper, in such situations.

Strengths

  • Is restrained and measured, avoiding rash, impetuous action
  • Is accepting and trusting of colleagues
  • Accepts instructions in a positive manner

Potential Development Needs

  • May need to work on developing greater temper control
  • May need to be more open to constructive criticism
  • May need to be more measured and less impulsive when responding to situations

PERSUASIVENESS

The ability to convince others of an opinion both verbally and in writing – Someone who has a strong ability in this area is an effective speaker. They are often charismatic and have a strong social presence. They are good at breaking down communication barriers and bringing people round to their point of view. They communicate clearly and effectively, both face-to-face and in writing.

Strengths

  • Is good at helping others learn/develop new skills
  • Is a convincing speaker
  • Writes in a clear, intelligible way

Potential Development Needs

  • May need to produce written text which is easier to understand
  • May need to explain things in a clearer, more coherent manner
  • May need to give more consideration to others? expressed opinions

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING

The ability to effectively organise own and others’ work and to plan for all contingences to ensure optimal outcome – Someone who has a strong ability in this area works within timeframes and delegates work appropriately. They plan work loads and break work down into realistic, achievable sub-goals.

Strengths

  • Meets deadlines
  • Plans flexibly for foreseeable contingencies
  • Attends to work demands in order of priority

Potential Development Needs

  • May need to plan ahead to avoid potential difficulties
  • May need to develop time management skills
  • May need to prioritise work more effectively

QUALITY ORIENTATION

The ability to attend to detail, produce work that is accurate and of a high standard – Someone with this ability has high standards. They attend to detail and are systematic and orderly in their work. They see tasks through to the attend and

Stay focused on one task at a time.

Strengths

  • Set high standards for themselves and others
  • Follows rules and procedures diligently
  • Is motivated to produce work of a high standard

Potential Development Needs

  • May need to avoid going off at tangents
  • May need to work on maintaining task-focus
  • May need to pay more attention to the task at hand

ENERGY AND DRIVE

The ability to maintain high levels of drive, energy and enthusiasm – Someone with this ability has high levels of energy and drive and does not tire easily. They are enthusiastic about their work, self-motivated and committed. They take the initiative and display passion and pride in their work.

Strengths

  • Has sufficient stamina to meet work demands
  • Is driven to succeed
  • Is a self-starter who is driven to succeed

Potential Development Needs

  • May need to increase energy levels
  • May need to work at getting the best out of people
  • May need to come forward and take the initiative more often
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