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Great leaders know that completing a career discussion with each of their team members at least once a year is an important part of their role. After all, career discussions are often the only chance a leader, manager, or coach and their team member have to really take a step outside the daily grind and nagging demands to strategize for that forest instead of just blocking and tackling the trees.
It allows for a dialogue where goals and aspirations can be shared. Strategies can be built that motivate and engage in a tailored way. Plus, at their core, career discussions allow for stronger relationships to be built between the team member and their coach. You can get our Career Development Discussion Template Here.
But career discussions can easily get stale. Even though they may take place just once a year, asking the same “where do you want to be in a year” questions can get old and feel contrived. To help freshen up these discussions, we have created a new career discussion guide that utilizes our Growth Rings Indicator Tool.
The Growth Rings Indicator (GRI) is an online assessment tool that provides valuable insights to managers, leaders and team members to better understand how their environment impacts their work. Knowing your current Growth Rings location can help identify where more clarity, stability or structure is needed, or where you might need new challenges and goals to keep you motivated, engaged, and growing. For context, the Growth Rings were first featured in this viral TEDx Talk presented by EcSell Institute's CEO, Bill Eckstrom.
The Growth Rings Indicator Guide centers on how to use the GRI within your next career discussion to help build a plan for each team member where they can thrive in a work environment that fosters and encourages high performance. It lays out easy to follow steps and discussion points that team leaders can implement with very little preparation. And because the GRI provides a report based on the team member’s own responses, incorporating it into your career discussions personalizes the entire process.
Finally, approaching career development topics through the lens of the Growth Rings can add some much-needed fresh life to this type of routine event. But what if you’re in a position where you don’t have a traditional type of leader or coach? I’m thinking of people like the tippy-top leaders of organizations and self-employed individuals. Or, worse yet, what if you have a leader but they don’t bother to coach you by conducting Career Discussions (gasp)?
The GRI Career Discussion Guide provides a way to replicate this process. By walking through the guide on your own, you are able to reflect on what you’ve experienced and where you want to grow in a purposeful way. And regardless of your situation, career discussions are an important way to take stock of where you have been, where you want to go, and what you need to do to reach your goals. The GRI Career Discussion Guide can help you make these endeavors as engaging and inspiring as possible.