Your Team and Annual Reviews [7FMS Ep. #20]

by Daniel Patterson


Pop quiz!

Should you give your team members an annual review?

Isn’t that an awkward, confrontational relic of the past?

Do they even want an annual review?

Join Daniel and Nate as they share their successes and failures at implementing a team review system…

And how to solicit and take critical feedback from your team members!

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Here’s what we cover in the episode:

  • How do you conduct an annual review process with your team?
  • The most important indicators that your team members are happy
  • Critical steps: consistent meetings & the complexity of the “big picture”
  • Setting your priorities each month – a simple way to manage your business
  • Daniel’s annual review framework: Start, Stop, Continue
  • Set a framework of asking questions… let the conversation happen
  • Don’t let your preferences influence your “stop”… use your data
  • Nate’s “Big 3” data points… and how to measure
  • Your team member’s “Start, Stop, Continue” for YOU
  • Some performance review examples from BMF
  • BMF’s simple performance review process: 2-by-2

We’d love to hear from you… what was your big takeaway this episode? What questions do you have?

We won’t know unless you reach out and tell us!

You can do so by contacting us here.


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Daniel Patterson is a private teacher, writer, and marketing consultant for music schools. He began teaching in 2004. He co-founded and led marketing operations for a summer music camp that sees over 200 children each summer.

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