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10 Buckets For Powerful Staff Performance Conversations

Gallup studies on employee engagement show that regular performance conversations dramatically improves employee productivity, moral, job satisfaction and tenure. Therefore, designing regular and effective performance conversations is an important responsibility of effective staff supervision. Consider questions in these 10 conversation buckets to improve the effectiveness of your regular one-on-one performance conversations. Starter Questions for Performance Conversations #1. Cultivate the Soul:... Continue Reading

Performance Management Beyond The Annual Review

Performance management, when limited to annual reviews, is frequently a source of great frustration for supervisors and their reports. Annual reviews may feel forced and superficial. Yet, when performance management is done in a comprehensive manner, employees become more productive and annual reviews less stressful. Through extensive research, the Gallup Organization found that supervisors account for at least 70% of employee... Continue Reading

20 Employee Engagement Questions

Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of effective employee engagement is receiving meaningful feedback. In my experience, the best way to successfully do so is through simply asking questions. Asking questions, either individually or in a group setting, communicates to the employee that their opinion matters and that those in leadership genuinely respect and care about what they have... Continue Reading

40 Easy To Use Employee Recognition Ideas

In How Great Supervisors Use Employee Recognition To Improve Performance, we looked at how supervisors who provide frequent and meaningful recognition and praise inspire employees to higher performance, engagement and loyalty. Below are 40 ideas for recognizing those you supervise. Learning your employee’s recognition preferences will help you determine which will work for you and which will not. But, don’t... Continue Reading

How Great Supervisors Use Employee Recognition To Improve Performance

In the groundbreaking bestseller, The Carrot Principle, Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton show definitively how supervisors who provide frequent and effective recognition inspire employees to excel. In a similar study found in How Full Is Your Bucket?, Tom Rath and Donald Clifton demonstrate that employees who receive regular meaningful recognition and praise: Increase their productivity Increase engagement with their colleagues... Continue Reading

Using Mentor-Coaching In Behavior Conversations

In Mentor-Coaching In A Supervisory Relationship we shared how a supervisor that incorporates both mentoring and coaching can more effectively support, develop and improve the performance of their direct reports.  A Mentor-Coaching approach is particularly effective in helping the supervisee gain insight and self-awareness into demonstrated behaviors, both positive and negative. Mentor-Coaching Tips For Reinforcing Positive Behavior Step 1: From... Continue Reading

Powerful Coaching Questions For A Staff Supervisor

The leader of the past was a person who told, the leader of the future will be a person who asks—Peter Drucker In Mentor-Coaching in a Supervisory Relationship we saw that coaching is where the expertise lies within the person being coached, and the role of the coach is to help the coachee, in partnership with the Holy Spirit, discover... Continue Reading

Mentor-Coaching In A Supervisory Relationship

In my experience the twin approach of coaching – facilitating discovery in you – and mentoring – filling in the knowledge that you don’t have – can be a powerful tool for the supervisor to use to catapult learning and initiate synergistic change in those they supervise. In mentoring the expertise lies in the mentor and is transferred to the... Continue Reading

The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Theory And Staff Supervision

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.” – Henry Ford “I am not what I think I am; and I am not what you think I am; but I am what I think you think I am.” – Unknown “If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they... Continue Reading

Four Tools For Landing Hiring Decisions

When making hiring decisions most churches involve a Personnel or a Search Committee to drive or advise the search process. Anyone who has chaired or led such a committee knows the challenge of facilitating agreement once two or more candidates have been identified for consideration. The following four surveys are helpful tools in leading a committee or team to clarity... Continue Reading

How To Interview for Moral Conduct and Emotional Health

The moral failure of a minister is one of the most devastating events that can happen in the life of a minister and a church. Every time a minister falls, we all suffer with that minister and his family. And, our collective witness to the world suffers as well. Yet, surprisingly, most staff interviews skirt the issue entirely. For Jesus’ sake,... Continue Reading

Guide to Screening Ministerial Staff Candidates: 36 Essential Attribute Interview Questions

Screening Ministerial Staff for soft skills is one of the most challenging aspects of the interview process. Fortunately, attribute based interview questions are a proven way to reveal a candidate’s abilities in a number of job-essential soft skills. You can better discern how they would perform in your church culture by looking at a candidate’s past behavior in 9 essential areas:... Continue Reading