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Caroline coaches, individuals, team leaders and their teams to be more of themselves with more skill.

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Engaging Performance Reviews

Hi Everyone

June / July is a time when many organisations are conducting half yearly reviews, appraisals etc. In my experience managers are skilled at focusing on the task, what has, and what has not been achieved.

But it is the ‘engaging and connecting’ on a personal level with team members in terms of their own career aspirations and development that ‘gets left to the end’ or even postponed as ‘time runs out’.

Yet it is this part of the review, which ultimately gives us the ‘pay back’. Only when people believe we are genuinely interested in them and that they are valued and appreciated do we tap into people’s full potential.  If our people aren’t engaged at this level, then typically we only get a ‘job’s worth’ of input from them in achieving task objectives.  So at your next review....give these hints and tips a go...

  • Start with focusing on the individual, ask them what are they are pleased about, what successes, what personal aspirations, what development?
  • Relax and let them talk - put paperwork aside
  • Let the conversation go where they want to take it
  • Ask questions, show interest, focus all your attention on them
  • If they start complaining about something, resist all temptation to defend, offer ideas or fix the problem
  • Keep in the present; don’t let your mind wander onto your agenda!
  • Show empathy and understanding of what is important for them
  • Encourage self assessment – what might you do to achieve this? what might get in the way?
  • Ask how would you achieving this help us achieve the business objectives?
Then and only can really relax and get back to the bit you are good at.....reviewing task objectives!!

Go on give it a try, what have to you to lose? OK you might run out of time for the task bit…but you can easily pick this up at another time, and you will do so because it gets measured….but just think how much more motivated and engaged your people will be in achieving the task…..knowing that you really care about what’s important for them and that they really matter!

Take care

You are welcome to send coaching hints and tips to colleagues and friends; although may I ask you to forward it in its entirety, rather than “cut-and-paste”
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