No really… stop.
When is the last time you actually stopped to think about your direct reports?
I recently came across this info-graph below. Now, before you stop reading because it seems slightly cheesy, I’d like to challenge your thinking.
When was the last time you considered each of your direct reports individually and thought about the most effective way to empower them to be the best that they can?
As Managers, it can be so easy to just continue “doing”. When we bring someone new onto our teams, we focus on getting to know them. But once we’ve been working together for a year, or two, or five – it becomes much more challenging to s.t.o.p. and r.e.f.l.e.c.t and c.o.n.s.i.d.e.r what they really need.
We know you’re busy but this week, take 5 minutes for each of your directs and think about:
- Where are they thriving?
- Where are they struggling?
- What is one thing you can do this week to support them where they are?
You may be surprised at how even just those couple of minutes can create a mind set shift in how you all interact this week.