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Coaching Cue Cards are designed to help jumpstart conversations that you may need to have with your employees. Modify as needed based on your situation.
Hi ____________, let's take a moment to talk about (insert project name or work deliverable here).
I gave this work to you and outlined my expectations and timeline. This project was assigned to you only, so I'm confused as to why (other employee name) is also working on it. Now, I know you've completed work like this before on your own, which further confuses me and makes me wonder if there’s a reason you can't do this particular project.
(Give the employee a chance to speak their side.)
Thanks for telling me your side, I appreciate it. You've been a valuable asset to the team, but when you delegate without consulting with me first, that leaves me out of the loop and sends mixed signals to (other employee name). Since we all have our separate tasks and are all working towards the same goal, it isn’t fair for you to decide to shift things in different directions. Can we agree to have a discussion the next time you feel the need or desire to make changes or adjust your workload?