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6. Build SMART goals

6. Build SMART goals

SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) goals ensure that the employee is setup for success and the goal will be met in a certain time frame.

You can create SMART goals by using the following mental model –

  • Use specific wording
  • Include measurable goals
  • Aim for realistically attainable goals
  • Pick relevant goals that relate to your business
  • Make goals time-bound by including a timeframe and deadline information


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4. Understand your report’s motivation

4. Understand your report’s motivation

‍Every individual is motivated by different things – working towards the next promotion, getting to flex a specific skillset, the team vision, the people, or money. Knowing what keeps your report going will help you customize your discussion and opportunities to fit with your rep...


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3. Provide feedback during the meeting

3. Provide feedback during the meeting

Career discussion meetings are a great forum to give informal feedback to your reports. The idea of the meeting is to work together towards achieving your report’s career goals and retrospective feedback is a key component to that. If needed, gather feedback fro...


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7. Implement a follow-up mechanism

7. Implement a follow-up mechanism

This holds the key to a successful career discussion. Once you and your report have outlined the career development plan, discuss what mechanisms should be set to enforce the plan. The type of mechanism can be a personal choice. A few ideas of a follow-up mechan...


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1. Don’t cancel or reschedule the career session

1. Don’t cancel or reschedule the career session

This tip is easy – unless unavoidable, do not cancel or request to reschedule the career discussion meetings. Your report has most likely spent time planning for the meeting, and this meeting is probably on the top of their mind. By cancelling or rescheduling, y...


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5. Drive the meeting agenda to arrive at expected meeting outcome

5. Drive the meeting agenda to arrive at expected meeting outcome

It is very easy for career discussion meetings to turn into mentoring sessions or philosophical – this often does not lead to actionable results. While this is a good time to mentor your report or share releva...


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2. Prepare for the professional development meeting

2. Prepare for the professional development meeting

It is usually the report’s responsibility to share the agenda for this meeting, however, don’t be a silent spectator. Familiarize yourself with the agenda and come prepared to the meeting for an act...


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