Last year, after my performance appraisal I went to my big BOSS's office and seriously asked "what is that I SHOULD do to get 'E = Exceeds Expectations' in my performance appraisal?”. My big BOSS smiled and gently replied "if you DO what I ask you to DO then you will again meet my expectations!" and discussion continued for a while. In deed, it was a healthy discussion. Moral: a) When in doubt meet your mentor and discuss thinks clearly. Who knows, your interest to ask questions will help you find correct answers. b) Don’t work for getting M (Meets Expectations) or E (Exceeds Expectations) or F (Far Exceeds Expectations) in performance appraisals. Know your strengths, bring out your hidden talent or worth; contribute as much as possible keeping organization goals in mind, without losing focus on individual’s career goals. After all … your work speaks and appraisal follows, leaving no choice to your manager.