How often do we give the gift of our time for others? Having a positive conversation can be very easy and if you practice the art of listening, incredibly fulfilling for your colleague.
“Tell me a time when you were at your best”?
“Tell me about something you have done really well this week/month/term/year”?
Just listen. Don’t interject or ask questions.
Listen and identify the skill – e.g. preparation, persistence, empathetic, energy, researching, thinking outside the square, controlled etc
Confirm the skill you have identified.
“How do you or could you apply this to other situations?”
A positive conversation that won’t take too much of your time.
Try it. I expect you will be thanked for your time.