Bridge skills discovery

What Skills Do Your Employees Need?

Skills Discovery Cards by Bridge provide an engaging way to have crucial conversations between managers and employees that help them articulate what skills they want and need to aid in creating a skills development plan.

(Currently available to ship only to United States)

Instructions: How to Use the Cards

The Skills Discovery Card exercise usually takes 30 minutes. Make sure to set aside enough time so you’re not rushed.

1) Select Skills of Interest

Separate your deck of cards into the six color themed categories and spread one category out in front of your employee.

The manager and employee each choose up to 2 skills from each category, based on the words they feel are the strongest needs for the employees role and continued growth of their career. Place the selected cards into a “skills pile” and discard the rest.

Repeat this process for all six categories, gathering all the selected drivers into a single pile.

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2) Shuffle and Select Top Skills

Now that you and the employee know what skills are of interest, you’ll want to narrow the pile down to top 5 skills to focus on.

Shuffle their selected cards and lay out random two of them. This represents the employee’s “Top 5 Focus Skills.”

Now place one of the cards from the remaining deck of the selected skills on the table and let the employee decide whether to keep it (i.e. swap it with one of the focus 5) or discard it.

Repeat for the rest of the selected skills pile.

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Note: If two or more skills mean more or less the same thing to an employee or manager, they can merge the two skills together, placing the most accurate word on top.

3) Rank The Focus Skills

Let’s focus on one or two skills to work on over the next 6-12 months. Place two pens on the table, above and below the 5 focus skills. The top pen will indicate “highest priority,” and the bottom one will indicate “lowest priority”.

Ask your employee to rank the skills by moving them up and down the virtual sliders to indicate which skills they would like to focus on for development.


Next, the manager will also rank one additional skill for that employee to focus on for development, resulting in 2 focus skills for development that both manager and employee agree on!

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Decks are currently available to ship to the United States only.

Bridge’s advanced skills capabilities leverages AI to take up-skilling and developing your talent to a new level:

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