By Joe Cassandra
Annual review day. You walk to your boss's office feeling like it's the school spelling bee. The performance review could be rewarding and a boost of confidence, or you could feel like everyone's judging you and perhaps go back to your desk feeling like a dope.
Most of us sleepwalk through our performance reviews. You walk in. Sit down. Listen to the boss speak. He tells you how great you are, but budgets only have limited space this year. You nod. Say stuff like "I understand," "that's OK," "the economy is tough," all this low-confidence verbiage. At the end, you get up, shake hands and go back to your cubicle, 2 percent raise in hand, to text your spouse about how disappointed you are.