Work from the same framework

Whenever a coach/manager is asked to evaluate an employee, it is important that both the coach and the employee work from the same performance framework.

This “framework” can be as simple as 3-4 bullet points both have agreed upon, or as elaborate as 10 categories each with a number of underlying bullet points.

The key is that both parties have a standard by which they can both evaluate performance, and that neither is able to “move the goal posts” and surprising the other party.

Start from self-evaluation first

Align differences in perception

Strive for commitment to oneself

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We focus our practice on midstage startup companies that need to remain agile, and where what used to work for the smaller startup just isn’t as effective anymore.


We ensure founders and leadership teams win, with our over 40 years experience in venture-backed tech startups. We are Silicon Valley veterans with the scars and wins to prove it. We don’t use an inflexible off-the shelf methodology, we adapt best practices to you, your market, your company, and your leadership team.


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  • Focus on right sized best practices to get to the next level
  • Focus on the 20% of effort that will yield you 80% of the benefits
  • Teach Perfection is the enemy, better is your partner and ally
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