Talent Conversations

Effective Talent Conversations Are Where Development Becomes Real

Development conversations with employees should happen more than once or twice a year.

Demands placed on managers to meet performance goals can be relentless, and priorities and challenges shift frequently.

That’s why the key to improving your talent development processes is ensuring that managers can hold meaningful talent conversations and know how to give routine feedback well.

Talent conversations play a vital role in engaging employees and influencing their performance and development, but only if they are done effectively and often enough. They allow managers to influence others toward improved performance, development, and positive outcomes.

These development conversations with employees can (and should) happen at any time, not just during your regular performance review process.

The key to an effective talent conversation is preparation. Our talent conversations content provides models that managers can learn and practice in order to get the most from development conversations with employees.

The talent conversation itself will vary based on how an employee is performing. The focus will depend on whether the employee is considered top talent, a solid performer, a potential performer, or an underperformer.

Whatever other formal talent management or leadership development systems are in place, talent conversations are where development becomes real. It’s the best time for managers to build their direct report’s commitment to the organization and engagement in the work.

Upskill Your Team With Talent Conversations Skills

Engage Both Leaders and Employees With Effective Talent Conversations

Leaders can prepare for and facilitate development conversations with employees using our proven development frameworks:

  • Follow our Assessment, Challenge, Support (ACS) model as a strategy to prepare to have a talent conversation.
  • Leverage our Attention, Belief, and Connection (ABC) model to demonstrate behaviors necessary to effectively conduct a talent conversation.
  • Discover your strengths and areas for opportunities in your coaching style.

Start having better development conversations with employees at your organization by equipping your team with these talent conversations skills. We can deliver our world-class, research-backed talent conversations content to them — or you can.

You Can Deliver Our Talent Conversations Content, or We Can

You Deliver

We can equip your facilitators to deliver a workshop or internal training on development conversations with employees either online or in person, whichever you prefer:

Access everything your internal HR or team leaders need to upskill your people by holding a leadership workshop on this topic

Leverage this proven leadership program content on talent conversations and customize it for your own internal development initiatives

We Deliver

Or, we can incorporate talent conversations as part of a larger leadership development initiative for your organization:

Combine with other topic modules and interactive experiences into a customized learning journey for your leaders

Our highly personalized leadership programs prepare leaders to address common challenges with talent conversations

What Our Clients Are Saying

Organizations who have partnered with us to upskill their ability to have effective development conversations with employees consistently tell us the same thing: their experience with CCL made a significant impact on their culture — and their bottom line.

But don’t just take our word for it — take theirs.

“The reputation of having a formal coaching program that is trusted and relied upon has enabled us to now start coaching at the top levels of the organization. And the quality of our coaches — we’re getting great feedback.”

Senior Director of Team and Leadership Development
Major Healthcare System

Making Coaching a Positive Development Opportunity

“The Better Conversations program was so impactful by using real experiences, and having a coach in each group makes it really effective and creates lasting impact.”

Program Participant

Retaining Talent by Building a More Trusting Culture

Let's Discuss Talent Conversations at Your Organization

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