Help your employees reflect on past accomplishments

I like the ideas and questions to ask your team members that are included in this HBR article. I think the name is a bit misleading (at least it was to me) but, I believe, it does have some useful information.

The gist of the article is to be curious and open so you are asking more about what is going on with each team member that they may be proud of and is likely outside of your direct knowledge.

There is more detail in the article itself – A Better Way to Recognize Your Employees.

One thing that I would add is to also ask one question (or three) during your 1:1s or even in the hallway with anyone on the team or in the company. That is, 

  • What are you currently working on?  
  • How is it going?
  • How can I or others help?

This will allow you to stay more on top of things that are being done “behind the scenes” and to support useful projects.

Please share any other suggestions you have to help support your team members.


Bill – Multi – Certified Growth Coach, Foundations in NeuroLeadership certified, PI Certified Partner, 100COACHES member coach

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Published by Bill Flynn

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