How you interact with others.
There’s a sizable body of evidence showing that proactive people are better performers across industries.
- You sometimes ask questions and reach out for help when stuck.
- You proactively communicate needs and help requests with teammates to avoid being blocked or blocking others.
- You proactively flag issues or blockers in 1:1s or team meetings, but rely on others to help problem-solve and communicate with other stakeholders.
- You consistently flag issues or blockers as they arise with anyone who might be affected.
- You consistently communicate status updates with affected teammates and stakeholders proactively, so they know what’s going on without needing to ask, especially when things go wrong.
- You consistently pair flagged issues with adequate solution proposals.
- You consistently show proactive communication across the board — little need for stakeholders to check in due to complete trust in the communication stream.
- You notice communication failures within the organisation and proactively take positive action.
- You proactively identify and address systemic communication gaps or problems.
- You proactively create new and improve existing communication processes and channels.
- You proactively manage entire communication streams with both internal and external stakeholders.
- You communicate clearly and openly during stand-ups and 1:1s, or when requested.
- You sometimes communicate the impact and status of your projects accurately
- You communicate complicated concepts with some clarity to a technical audience.
- You consistently describe the current status and impact of large, multi-person projects or initiatives accurately.
- You often communicate complicated concepts simply and successfully with a non-technical audience.
- You consistently write non-trivial ADRs, RFCs, or documentation, that is clear and easy to understand.
- You're relied upon to communicate complicated concepts simply and successfully with both technical and non-technical audiences.
- Your RFCs, ADRs, and documentation are setting a high-quality standard for the rest of the organisation to follow.