Some managers assume their star employees don’t need feedback. They’re clearly doing a good job and they don’t need to improve, right? Wrong. Even your top performers need input to stay engaged, focused, and motivated. Frequently give your stars both positive and negative feedback. Tell them how much you appreciate their good work. Identify and share development areas, even if there are only a few. Talk with your stars about how they might achieve the next level of performance. And, don’t miss the opportunity to solicit input on how you are doing as a manager. Ask questions such as “How can I help you improve?” or “What can our organization do to support your great work?
Adapted from Guide to Giving Effective Feedback.