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Lateral Hire, first engagement rating was subpar. Improvement points are reasonable (and very actionable - be quality conscious, plan ahead, manage upwards). Anyone else had similar and bounced back?

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If it’s actionable and you take action promptly, you can totally get past it. Just don’t let it be a repeat issue.

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First 2 are very important, pay attention to those right away. Easy to bounce back

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My initial rating as a new consultant was subpar too. Apply the learning and hang in there. This is a tough job but but acquiring and getting good at the key skills will prepare you for most anything else in the future Get a mentor if possible. Maybe one to help with the relationship side and one to help with tactical side. You can do this. Also observe the styles and behavior of successful leader, clients and consultants. It is fascinating to watch and learn from the interactions.

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Ability to work with clients/teams/juniors was all rated well so I'm treating this as a deficit in actions than capabilities. Will methodically work through it but all the same I don't want this to be an albatross around my neck forever.

Learning how to manage upward is an invaluable skill that takes time

Don’t underestimate the 3rd one either. Managing upwards can mean many things, all of which are important. Make sure to understand the communication styles and expectations of your managers / partners and generally err on the side of over communicating with them, vs under.

Assuming you don’t have 1000 hours booked to this review, I think you’re fine. As a lateral hire, you weren’t going to get the top bonuses anyways

K1, nowhere near 1000 hours, and not even thinking about bonus considerations... Just want to do all I can to minimise the half life of this post engagement review! (Stories / tips from ellow 🐠 who've dealt with similar are always a help).

I've been dealing with this from the other side. Team member coming in with some not so great ratings who has really turned it around. Thr best thing you can do is be proactive in communicating with you supervisor. Set up standing time to review progress and come ready to described your proposed action moving forward. Definitely err on the side of asking a lot of questions early in your new project so you can be on autopilot once you get your system figured out. Totally doable to bounce back. You got this.

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