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- Move people away from just task accomplishment and more towards skill mastery.
- There's a difference between having knowledge and being an strong contributor to an organization.
- Challenge people for practical experience.
- Challenge them to put what they are learning into action.
- Engage people during regular development meetings (at least once a month – once a week is ideal).
- Discouragement and obstacles will happen – we need to provide coaching along the way.
- Give perspective by using encouragement and also reward progress (not just results).
- Challenge people to compare themselves with themselves.
- Make things new again.
- You can't know everyone on January 1st – be ready to add in more, make changes, and adapt
- Add new challenges and opportunities throughout the year.
- Avoid people getting into extremes – either overwhelmed or underutilized.
- Especially watch out for underutilized. Overwhelmed is easy to stop – underutilized is often only recognized after a person decides they are leaving.
- Help them determine how they can return value to the organization.
- What can they do to teach others?
- What can they do to teach you?
- What are new responsibilities that connect back to their long-term goals?
- Kathy wrote a comment on our Facebook site reminding us that one way to utilize extra budget at the end of the year is to purchase a voucher with a professional organization that will allow you to apply the credit in 2012. If your organization doesn't offer this, be sure to ask. Thanks for the great suggestion, Kathy!
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See you in a week for the next episode!