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A Legend in His Own Mind: How to Write a Self-Appraisal

Apparently, I’d hired Alexander the Great.

Working incognito as one of my staff lawyers, he’d chosen to write a self-appraisal that would blow his cover:  This guy was God’s gift to men (and, to the extent they touched his career, women).

His delusions of grandeur annoyed me.  Big time.

More importantly, I wondered how someone so far down on the self-awareness scale could ever hope to overcome (or, at minimum, work around) his weaknesses.

Shrinks have been telling us for years that acknowledging the need for change is the first step toward getting there.  Applying that notion to the business world, you realize why people who present themselves as perfect tend to have bumpy trips to the top (if they don’t stall out from the get-go). Continue reading