Do You Train Your Directs To Be Better Employees For You?
I'm wondering if any of you do what I do with my team: I hold training sessions every now and then where I give them guidance on being better employees for me and for their managers who report to me.
I have a lot of inverted MT advice that I turn into career management for individual contributors not necessarily headed for management.
I pull them into a room for a day and here are some past topics:
* Slides of my notes from effective executive - review the concepts
* How to do better in your O3's with your boss
* Understanding the DiSC model and how you can use it to improve your performance specifically targeting the management audience and your peers
* Reviewing the concept of performance metrics - why management measures, what we measure, and why you want us to measure you
* General advice regarding relationship building "It's all about your relationships!"
* What the heck are the other organizations that we interface with, who runs them, and what politics are in play with them?
I enjoy training, and I take on these topics in particular training sessions. I also take them on in my skip levels.
When I have skip levels - I spend the first hour listening to them, and the second hour I spend responding. My responses:
* Feedback to them about what they could do better for their boss
* Accepting that we need to take another look at how we do things
* Help understanding their boss's perspective... why is he so demanding? Because I'm pressing him hard to deliver things to me.
Does anyone else do this sort of direct training of their directs and skips so that it is clear what kind of person you are and what sort of delivery will be most successful with yourself and your directs?