Summary of Three Powerful Conversations Managers Must Have to Develop Their People

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All managers should have three types of career-related conversations with their employees.


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Russ Laraway, a Marine Corps commander turned management coach, draws on both experiences to explain a three-part process for career discussions. Laraway’s straightforward, practicable talk complements his colleague Kim Scott’s lecture “Superstars vs. Rock Stars,” so for maximum context and understanding, getAbstract suggests viewing Scott’s video first. Although Scott targets an audience of managers, Laraway’s presentation also holds value for any employee who wants to have the right career conversations with a superior.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What three types of career conversations all managers should have with employees,
  • How career discussions typically go awry and
  • Why effective career conversations will help you retain more people.


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About the Speaker

Former Marine Corps leader Russ Laraway is the co-founder and COO of Candor Inc., a management consultancy.

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