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Mon, Jan 9, 2012

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Conversations That Inspire: Creating & Developing Star Performers

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Would you like to engage, grow, and inspire your team members?

Doing so requires proactive communication regularly, not just during annual review discussions.

Developing star performers requires creating meaningful conversations well before the performance review.

A conversation can be powerful and inspiring or flat and dull or somewhere in between.  Are your conversations creating engagement, momentum, and inspiring others?

Your ability to guide people to see around corners and to read what motivates them will make you a more effective manager, leader, and developer of star performers.

Do you know how to focus team members on the things that produce desired results?

You’ll need to set clear accountabilities at the beginning of the year and inspire people to deliver their best.

Begin the path to success by agreeing on concrete accountabilities and then select the right conversations to follow up regularly.

How do you know which conversation is needed next?

6 Conversational Strategies for Creating Star Performers

There are ten conversational strategies blueprinted in Conversations for Creating Star Performers that enable you to do this.

I’ll highlight six:

1. Building Awareness: Do you talk about what your team members do best and where they will need support from you and others this year?

2.  Identifying Motivators: Do you talk about individual motivators connecting the dots between the assignment you have given and an employee’s motivators?

3. Creating Development Plans:  Our communication styles provide a key to identifying developmental needs – do you create development plans that are focused on each of your team members?

4. Developing New Skills: Playing to strengths is smart business; however, blind spots can create derailment if left unnoticed.  Have you encouraged each of your team members to identify a new skill they want to develop in 2012?

5. Getting Back on Track:  Do you get people unstuck and back on track? Do you need to have a conversation that creates momentum with someone?

6. Accountability:  By exploring what matters to other people so their long term goals are linked to what they are doing now, and then having ongoing check-in conversations about how they are doing in meeting their goals, and what you can do to help create momentum — you will guide meaningful accountability conversations.

The performance review conversation is only one part of being a successful manager and coach.  Every day, design conversations that guide star performers.

Are you ready to be known as the person who is able to engage, grow, and inspire others? If so, now is the time to begin these conversations in 2012.

For more advice from Shawn Kent Hayashi on creating conversations with star performers, check out Team Development: Creating Positive Change from the Monster Employer Resource Center.

 

About the Author: Shawn Kent Hayashi is an executive coach and founder of The Professional Development Group, her clients include Fortune 500 giants, such as American Express, Cigna, Johnson & Johnson, Merck as well as small entrepreneurial companies.

An Emotional Intelligence Certified Coach, Hayashi earned an M.S. in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Check out her blog www.ShawnKentHayashi.com and www.theprofessionaldevelopmentgroup.com/star-performers/ for more.

 

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