Empowering Employees:
Giving Feedback that Works

Cultivating the talent of your team members means committing to regular employee performance appraisals. But what happens when your team members become defensive and are resistant to hearing about areas they need to improve? Or when they struggle to sustainably integrate recommended changes to their job performance? And, equally as important; how confident and comfortable are you giving employee performance appraisals?

Why it’s relevant to your workplace

The way in which a performance appraisal is conducted, specifically; the language, tone and intention behind that which is being communicated, can leave the employee feeling either misunderstood and discouraged, or inspired to learn new skills. In addition, we are often quick to propose solutions to problems without even realizing that we have not fully understood the underlying cause to the problem. Only when this is done thoroughly can we identify the supports that are truly needed to enable the employee to develop areas of identified weakness.

Effective performance reviews are an essential component of employee development. When reviews are conducted using an individualized, strengths-based, skill building approach, this stimulates employee reflection and a desire for improvement. Therefore, it’s up to the supervisors to learn how to effectively give feedback, both positive and negative so that employees can grow and develop.

Your employees will be less reactive and more receptive to your reviews when you

  • Are comfortable and confident in your role as performance review appraiser
  • Make the evaluation experience engaging and non-threatening
  • Show up as an active listener
  • Demonstrate understanding and empathy in the feedback process
  • Are candid and constructive, supportive and solution-oriented
  • Follow through with a plan that empowers employees to take next steps

This keynote/workshop shares a unique, holistic approach, which will lead employees to begin looking forward to employee performance appraisals as an opportunity for growth and learning.

  • Learn how to get to the root cause of problems with employee performance more quickly
  • Improve your ability to connect with and motivate every member of your team so that everyone can step into their true zone of genius
  • Learn to adaptively plan for the support that your employees need, so as to never have the same challenge appear on their performance appraisal twice
  • Gain insight into how using a strengths-based approach can best exploit your employees’ talents, while supporting areas of weakness
  • Discover the key questions to include in your employee performance appraisal
  • Senior and middle managers, coordinators, supervisors and HR personnel
  • Leaders looking to fully unveil and utilize the talent and skills of each individual employee
  • Organizations who want their staff to take an active role in their own professional development
  • Organizations whose employees are resistant to change
  • 60 - 90 minute keynote
  • lunch-and-learn
  • breakout session
  • half or full-day interactive team building workshop

Peak performance in the workplace is not only about meeting targets and deadlines. It must include skills for effective communication for the self and for others.

The whole-person approach used in my keynotes, workshops and consultations supports leaders and their teams in developing an enhanced awareness of their own interaction styles, as well as those of others within their environments.

Participants can take this new knowledge and apply it to their future communications with their colleagues and clients to bring more understanding, compassion and collaboration to the workplace.

The following keynotes/workshops are also available:

It is of crucial importance to me to always meet the needs of each particular setting that I am working with.  With that in mind, it would be a pleasure to talk with you so we can determine which keynote/workshop will best meet your current needs.