An Email Invitation to a Forward-Facing End of Year Conversation

The greatest gifts a leader gives are a caring heart, a listening ear, and a forward-facing approach.

It’s better to run to the light than splash in the mud.

There’s more to people-development than fixing weaknesses and correcting deficiencies.

What would you focus on if you turned toward the light?

An email invitation to a forward-facing one-on-one:

Hi Wilma,

Let’s have an end of year conversation to look into the future. Don’t worry. It’s not an annual performance review.

The purpose of the conversation is to explore ways to increase enjoyment at work.

Please reflect on your work experience over the last month or two and complete the following sentences.

  1. My energy went up when I ….
  2. My energy went down when I ….

We can’t design the perfect job. We can explore ways to better leverage your strengths and make work more energizing for you.

Please feel free to look at my calendar and schedule an appointment sometime next week.




Up statement:

Perhaps Wlima says, “My energy went up when I learned to address tough issues more skillfully.”

Betty might ask, “What’s important about addressing tough issues more skillfully for you?” (Be sure to add, “for you” at the end.)

Listen for values and motivations. Explore how Wilma might more fully bring her values and motivations to work?

Down statement:

Perhaps Wilma says, “My energy goes down when I have to deal with tough issues.”

Betty might say, “I hear you Wilma. Tough conversations are difficult. What would be true of you if your energy didn’t go down when you have to deal with tough issues?”

Wilma’s response reveals aspirational goals that energize her and bring value to your organization.

How might leaders hold forward-facing one-on-ones at the end of the year?