Whether with performance reviews or any other feedback, most managers are trained to look for weaknesses and deficiencies. Even if they are hard to find. In the conversations the focus is on what is not good (in the eyes of the manager).
This creates an atmosphere of fear. The employee is afraid that he/she doesn’t perform well and that it might even have an influence on their salary. There is hardly any time left to discuss the strengths and talents.
There are never ideas generated in a culture of fear and a focus on weaknesses. Rather the opposite, as people try to limit their exposure.
If you want to create an atmosphere of opportunity, then you need to focus on:
- what are the strengths
- what has worked well
- how to improve strengths
- what they need to have a bigger impact
- what support you can give
With that focus, people become enthusiastic and motivated to come up with ideas and make innovation happen.
So, what are your strengths?
GROW YOUR PEOPLE, GROW YOUR BUSINESS!