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Cover of Conversations for Creating Star Performers

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As a manager you probably have a good idea about how you see your team's development needs, but you need to be careful of assuming you know everything.

Shawn Kent Hayashi has some excellent advice to help steer you. She's looked at how people's different communicate styles can often correlate with their strengths and development needs. As you'll see, you need to be careful about imposing your agenda on their development plan, but this is an interesting way to start your thinking about each of you individual team members.

After you have a rough idea--enough to start a conversation--how do you go about having that conversation? Start by looking at what a development plan is (and what it's not), and th...