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Grow and Perform at Stanford is a continuous process, with feedback, coaching and recognition taking place throughout to drive excellence through one’s contributions.

GPS Process

Goal Alignment -> Set Goal -> Goal Review

  • Includes the “What” and the “How” of performance
  • Follows SMART goals methodology
  • Fosters partnership for a successful year for both the University and the employee

Learn more about goal setting

Employees and Manager Check-in -> Adjust Performance and Develop Plans -> Document Check-in

  • Emphasizes two-way, open and frequent dialogue
  • Adjusts goals and priorities as needed
  • Delivers ongoing feedback and coaching for improvement and growth

Learn more about check-in

Write Self Review -> Review Discussion -> Close and Next Steps

  • Acknowledges accomplishments, gaps, and defines success for next year 
  • Includes dialogue on roadblocks employees face
  • Offers a rating scale that reflects a growth mindset and removes “threat” of personalization

Learn more about annual reviews