Our founding partner of Atlas Search, Scott Stenzler is mentioned in the article by Glassdoor in regards to the Performance Review. There is a lot that can be learned from this article teaching how to steer clear of some words, and get closer to passing your performance review.
“Yes, yes, yes”
While you don’t want to dismiss your manager’s feedback, being too quick to say yes isn’t the right move either.
“‘Yessing’ your manager to death might seem like a good way to appear agreeable, but nothing could be further from the truth. True leaders are not yes people nor do they like to surround themselves with yes people,” says Scott Stenzler, founding partner of recruiting firm Atlas Search. “Research shows that yes people tend not to think independently, can be intellectually dishonest, lack sincerity and often add little to no value to the organization.”
Instead of simply “yessing,” show your manager that you understand and acknowledge their feedback.
“Let your manager finish their thought. Don’t eagerly chime in before they finish speaking — instead, pause momentarily to make sure they’re done, which has the double benefit of indicating that you’re carefully considering their point, and only then let them know you agree,” Stenzler recommends. “But most importantly, be sure to follow it up with all the reasons why you agree.”