“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”~ John Quincy Adams
My eyes are crossing and my neck is twitchy after 27 conference calls to finalize our 2014 Performance Agreements. We’ve debated what defines a “balanced scorecard” and negotiated performance objectives down to the decimal point. As is par for the course in big companies, standardization is vital to ensure we’re fair and consistent. But nailing the perfect performance formula alone won’t inspire game-changing ideas or grow deeper leadership.
If you’re mired in similar new year, performance activities, be sure you take time to engage deeper conversations. Encourage your team to become more.
Questions to Help Your Team BECOME More
Start by disussing specific behaviors to ensure your team will nail their KPIs. I’ve watched far too many leaders miss this step. Then go deeper. B.E.C.O.M.E. more.
B- Boldness: Scary dreams, deeper challenges, courageous moves and daring decisions
- What could you accomplish this year if you had unlimited resources? What’s a different means to similar ends?
- Where (and with whom) are you playing it safe? At what cost?
- What dreams are you saving for later?
E- Energy: Passion ignitors and life-force zappers
- When, where, and with whom do you feel most alive?
- Which aspects of your work exhaust you?
- What will you do to renew your energy this year?
C- Callings: What or who is calling for more
- What work would you pursue, even if you weren’t paid?
- Who most inspires your professional life? How can you attract more people with those qualities?
- Which of your gifts lie dormant in your current role?
O-Openness: Possibilities, awareness, and receiving the unknown
- What possibilities are you ignoring?
- How and where will you find creative inspiration?
- How will you invite input and feedback?
M-More: Seeing bigger, broader, and giving more
- How will 2014 be categorically different from last year?
- What do you most want to be known?
- Who will you serve?
E-Execution: What actions matter most (and least). Envision breakthrough success.
- What would make this year the best in your career?
- Who else can you invite to join your leadership pit crew?
- What could get in the way of your success?
Invite each member of your team to choose 2 or 3 questions that would best serve them this year. Discuss the questions in your one-on-ones. Encourage the team to pick a few questions to discuss as a team. Set the stage for a breakthrough year of becoming.