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Twofer Tuesday: On Performance Development & Professional Development

If there were a proven elixir for unlocking worker potential, you can bet that leaders and managers around the world would be guzzling it by the gallon. So far, there doesn’t appear to be any such potion. But there are some progressive, modern-day approaches to better employee engagement, and this week’s Twofer looks at a few of them.

Trade in the Bossy Pants for the Coach’s Cap

How can you manage your way to having better employees? The simple answer is you can’t.

Traditional approaches to performance management aren’t passing muster. Only one in five workers feel motivated by their company’s system, and Gallup estimates that poor management and lost productivity from disengaged employees in the United States costs between $960 billion and $1.2 trillion per year.

What’s needed for today’s modern workers is less performance management and more performance development. They don’t want a boss — they want a coach.

Read: Failed Performance Management: The Fix

Develop Your A-Game

So, what’s the best way to go about offering that in-demand, often much-needed coaching?

This Globe and Mail article outlines a triple-A framework to help you make the most of your people-development dollars and opportunities.

Read: How to Maximize Your Employee’s Professional Development

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