This video explores several employee development tools you can use to capture initial goals, develop self-awareness, and do career visioning work.
- At this point, you have all of the essentials to begin coaching your people. Right now, I want to give you a self-assessment called the Discovery Questionnaire that will deepen your coaching toolbox. The Discovery Questionnaire is a set of questions that help you create a foundation for working with your employees. Now for some people, completing the questionnaire may be the first time they've ever thought deeply about the bigger questions in their work and life. And for you, the answers they provide may reveal new or unexpected strengths that can be tapped in the future. The questionnaire first focuses on assessing your employee's current role, with questions like, what do you love about your work, and what do you wish you could change? Next, the questionnaire captures achievements and goals, by asking questions like, what do you want to accomplish this year, or, where you do see yourself in the next five years? The next area of the assessment deals with identifying work styles, with questions like, how well do you keep your promises to yourself and others, or, how satisfied are you with your level of productivity? And finally, vision questions like, if you were the CEO, where would you take this company, or, if you could change the world, what problems would you solve? The information you gather can be referred to throughout your coaching relationship. As initial goals and priorities are addressed and put into action, you can go back to the questionnaire to capture what's next. Now I recommend taking some time to complete the questionnaire yourself to give you a sense of the work that you're asking your people to do. So take a look at the Discovery Questionnaire in your exercise files. My hope is that you can use this tool to ground your coaching relationship and foster exploration together.
- Recall methods for probing deeper in conversations with employees.
- Determine which aspect of a challenge to avoid when determining the challenge an employee can undertake.
- Recognize questions that generate the greatest number of ideas during a brainstorming session.
- Explain the advantage of using focused feedback with an employee.
- Identify the potential benefits of listening and using open-ended questions with an employee who is unhappy with her or her job.