Even though we’re only two
years old, I started having performance reviews for my team. We talk all the
time so I didn’t think it was going to be a major event. I found an appraisal
form online and sent it to everyone. It asked for everyone’s input so I thought
it would be a good idea.
When I got the forms back
from the team, I was upset and concerned by what I read. Everyone said I was a
poor and weak leader. They also said I couldn’t make decisions and they didn’t
trust me. Finally, everyone said if they were offered another job, they would
This was the first time I
heard any of this. Why didn’t people tell me this? I had never been a manager
let alone a CEO, so I had no idea whether I was doing a good or bad job. They must have been discussing this behind my
back for some time and used this as a way to give me feedback. I was so upset
that I didn’t want to come into the office and I certainly didn’t want to carry
out the individual reviews.