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Career Development Conversation Meeting Template

Follow this 3-step career conversation framework curated by Russ Laraway, Employee Experience Evangelist at Qualtrics and former executive at Twitter and Google.

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What’s inside Career Development Conversation Meeting Template:

1 🔍 Life Story 

Understand people’s motivations and values, the things that drive them.

  • Starting with kindergarten, tell me about your life.
  • What have been the major pivots and transitions?
  • Why did you make them? 
  • What did those transitions teach you about what you love/hate about work?

2💬 Dreams 

Understand where people want to be at the pinnacle of their careers.

  • What do you want the pinnacle of your career to look like?
  • List 4-5 different dreams for the future.
  • What skills are needed to accomplish those dreams?
  • How can I help you acquire those skills? (brainstorm)

3 💪 Career action plan 

Create an eighteen-month plan.

  • What do you need to learn in order to move in the direction of your dreams?
  • How will you prioritize the things you need to learn?
  • What opportunities at work would help you develop those skills in the next six to eighteen months? (brainstorm)

4 ✅ Action items

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About the author

Russ Laraway

Russ Laraway is a well-versed leadership expert who has over 20 years of leadership experience in positions at Google, Twitter and Candor Inc. Today, Russ is the Employee Experience Evangelist at Qualtrics where he helps CHROs and CPO think differently about employee experience. Russ is the author of "When They Win, You Win: Being a Great Manager is Simpler Than You Think".

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