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Although employee and career development ten to serve different objectives, it’s frequently possible to discover the creative crossings where the two meet … if managers look, listen, and watch for the signs.
Well-intentioned talent management systems are frequently to blame for undermining the quality of career conversations. Development doesn’t occur on schedule, it happens a little bit every day, on the employee’s schedule, through intentional interactions and conversations.
There are several deliberate steps that managers can take to connect the work with what matters most to people. Small actions that help employees create their own personal connect between the work they do now, and the goals they have for the future.
Meaningful information about how people perform and behave, the strengths they demonstrate, and the opportunities they have to improve … it’s the currency of development. The boss who points out how effectively you dealt with a demanding project The colleague who debriefs after a call with a challenging client about how to be more successful…
There’s a lot of talk about conversation in business today – and everyone has a favorite. Some like it ‘fierce’. Others prefer ‘crucial’. But, we are particularly fond of the career conversation. After 30 years working with managers and employees alike, we are more convinced than ever that people don’t grow because of beautifully-completed forms,…
My daughter’s favorite way to pass the time on long trips is the game ‘Would You Rather.’ If you haven’t had the pleasure of playing, here’s a quick primer. One person asks the question, “Would you rather” followed by two equally unsavory choices. Example: Would you rather… eat peanut butter from between the dog’s toes or…
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