Morgan was finally thinking about purpose. What was the purpose of the performance review in the first place? What was the performance review supposed to accomplish?
“Morgan, what is the most critical factor for both team member performance and team member retention?”
At this point, Morgan was gun-shy, he hesitated to respond.
“Let me ask this differently,” I continued. “What is the most critical relationship for both team member performance and team member retention?”
Morgan’s face relaxed. “That’s easy. It’s the relationship between the team member and the manager.”
“Good, now let’s build on that. How important is the conversation between the team member and the manager?”
“Pretty important, I guess,” said Morgan, going tentative on me again.
“Here is why it’s important. The relationship between the team member and the manager is the critical factor for both performance and retention. And the conversation is the relationship.”
What kinds of conversations are happening between your team members and your managers?
Conversation is the relationship described in The Heart Aroused by David Whyte.