Making all conversation about work short, simple and smart!
As a consultant, trainer, facilitator, and author, I’ve created and explored many conversation formats about work, used for everything from recruitment, performance management, coaching that are usual 1:1, to conversations with teams and large groups. Many are quite complicated and take quite a bit of work to master. But things do not need to be that complicated.
I found out that there are only two types of conversations about work that we will always have. One is when we need help. I want to hire someone for a job, project, task. Two is when you hired a person who is not doing well in helping you. We call it then feedback, performance review, coaching, bad news, absenteeism, etc.
And yes, I know good managers will also have a conversation if you are doing well. But we see managers who forget to do this. He will not forget the two previous ones. So how to overcome this complexity?
A Job Dialogue is a conversation about work were people share on an equal basis their most relevant issues in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The Job Dialogue we aim at is short, simple and smart!
The CACTUS canvas is a format that you can use for a Job Dialogue and is the result of many years experimenting and improving conversations about work. It is easy to teach, easy to use, enjoyable for participants, and provides powerful insights in a short amount of time.
Rather than attempting to master different strategies for different situational conversations, try out CACTUS. It works for 1:1, small groups of 3-4 persons, or for a large audience with people split into small groups. It can be used in a formal setting or an informal setting.
Job dialogues are related to recruitment, hiring, onboarding, job crafting, reviews, coaching, promotion, teambuilding and exit interviews.
The CACTUS job dialogue 'cafe' is a structure you can use for all work-related conversations. Using it results in high-value, high-impact communication that creates genuine bonds between people.
This Guide will walk you through the steps to take to run a successful Job Dialogue Cafe session using CACTUS.
CACTUS works for groups of 2, 3, or 4. Groups of 2 will take ~30 minutes (with transitions), groups of 4 will take ~1 hour (with transitions).
Here are three suggestions for when to use CACTUS: