Almost one-third of executives are now judged by results-only performance reviews, rather than traditional subjective measures. If you're being evaluated based on qualitative successes, be sure to negotiate in advance how your achievements will be measured, and then arrange to check in with your manager to update those to current priorities. "If you wait to have that conversation until your yearly review, it's too late. The system has already marked you as a poor performer," Taleo's James Harvey says.

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