Microlearning: Impactful Development Conversations

This virtual session will focus on using impactful conversations to support development planning. You will practice using exploratory questions to promote more meaningful and engaging conversations with your team members. Having these conversations related to employee development goals and opportunities will help your team members do their best work.

You will learn to:

  • Identify questions that can be used as conversation starters for development planning using the “You, Plan, Do, Review” model from the Ross School of Business
  • Ask positively-framed exploratory questions that will encourage your team members to share their goals in a more meaningful way
  • Utilize this method in a virtual environment as well as in-person

You will benefit by:

  • Creating an environment that supports meaningful and engaging conversations about development
  • Promoting employee engagement using open and honest dialogue with your team members 
  • Having more impactful virtual meetings


Any faculty or staff member who would like to promote meaningful, engaging conversations about development to create an environment that focuses on our greatest asset–our people

Program Notes:

This workshop is being offered in an online webinar format. Online session login information will be delivered in the registration confirmation email. 

This content is complementary to Professional Development: A Manager’s Companion Guide. You may find it helpful to take that course prior to or after this session.

You can also view a recording of a previous session.

Course Recommendation:

Check out the following resources for additional learning on this topic:

LinkedIn Learning is available at no cost to all active students, faculty and staff (including temporary employees). View more information about LinkedIn Learning at U-M.

Topic Area

  • Communication
  • Leading People and Teams

Domain and Expectation

  • People
    • Collaborate and build inclusive relationships
    • Coach and develop others
  • Self
    • Communicate
  • Execution
    • Build positive culture


  • Member of a Team
  • Leading a Team
  • Leading Multiple Teams


  • Level 2: Skill building

Past Sessions

Code: OL24IDC03

Presenter: Amy Fredell

Cost: $0

  • Thu 12/14/23 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
    Location: Online Webinar

Code: OL24IDC02

Presenter: Amy Fredell

Cost: $0

  • Tue 10/17/23 11:00 am to 11:45 am
    Location: Online Webinar

Code: OL24IDC01

Presenter: Molly Trusty, Sarah Button

Cost: $0

  • Wed 8/9/23 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
    Location: Online Webinar