[Words & Phrases]
performance review: 人事評価、業績評価
pivotal: 中核的な、極めて重要な(pivot: 枢軸、回転軸）
vote of confidence: 信頼して選ぶこと、信任投票
driving force: 推進力、けん引役
Silvia: Well, it’s that time of year again, a performance review. Looking back on the past 6 months, what do you think you have done well to grow?
Takashi: I guess I have played a pivotal role in supporting the US project. The biggest event for me was a business trip to the US. I was happy that I could convince the landowner in Redmond to select our company.
Silvia: Yes, you became the driving force for ABC’s growth in the US. You have built a relationship of trust with local staff. With Michael, of course. You seem to have good chemistry with him.
Takashi: Yeah, for me, Michael is not only a colleague but also a mentor. He taught me the basic principles of US business, gave me career advice, and taught me how to be more assertive.
Silvia: You are lucky to have a role model like him.
Maybe Americans are more used to it because of job interviews and resumes. We have to stand out and make our skills known otherwise we’ll get passed over and maybe lose a chance. However I know many Americans still find this very uncomfortable.