Questions to ask in annual interviews with your staff
- What is the most meaningful thing you have experienced in this last 6-12 months?
- Where do you really want to grow personally this year – and how can I help you grow in these areas?
- What are you planning to do this year that you have not done before? And what, if any, anxiety do you feel about it?
- What are your dreams for the next five years?
- What do you consider your three greatest strengths, and how can I help maximise them?
- What is the single area in your life that you would most like me to encourage you in this coming year?
- In what aspect of your work do you find the most personal fulfillment – and why?
- What areas of your work cause you the most personal stress and frustration – and why?
- What tools, equipment, facilities, or personnel could help you most in maximising your potential on the job?
- In what area would you like to grow more this year? Is this an area that you feel you could help in, or suggest someone who could?
- What do I do that de-motivates you?
- What do I do that motivates you?
- Is there any unresolved problem that you have been hoping to speak to me about, but haven’t known how to approach the subject?
- What courses would you like to take – what books would you like to read – what experiences would you like to have to help you grow this year?
- What is the most helpful thing for me to know about you, to truly understand “the real you”?
- What do you feel is holding you back in any aspect of your life – and how can I help you overcome it?
- Is there anything heavy on your shoulders (outside of work) that you would like to talk to me about, as a friend?
Taken from Bob Biehl: Increasing Your Leadership Confidence