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How to Start the New Decade in Deeper Conversations

by | Jan 2, 2020 | By Karin Hurt, Communication |

Hold Deeper Conversations With Your Team

As we start a new decade, what if you took a minute to have some deeper conversations with your team? In addition to your kick-off meetings and goal setting sessions, what if you also paused to have a deeper conversation to build trust and connection, and inspire one another to something bigger?

I’ve designed this conversation starter to help you go a level deeper with your team.

Ways to Use This Tool

  • Ask each team member to complete one section of their choice to start your deeper conversations. Note: Giving them a choice enables them to pick the conversation they are most inspired (and feel confident) to have.
  • Complete one of the sections yourself as well and be prepared to discuss (your team needs to know you’re willing to be vulnerable too).
  • Have a mutual exchange of sharing your responses in your one-on-one developmental discussions or as part of a teambuilder or staff meeting.

Deeper Conversations to Help Your Team B.E.C.O.M.E. More in the New Decade

Have each person pick one section (e.g. Boldness, Openness, or More) and answer the questions before coming to your one-on-one or team session. This will work best if people have had a chance to think through rather than feeling put on the spot. Of course, now that you get the gist, feel free to modify and make up your own questions. If you do, I’d love to hear them.

deeper conversations BECOME model

click image to download the B.E.C.O.M.E. model for holding deeper conversations

B- Boldness: Moving Courageously
  • What could you accomplish this year if you had unlimited resources? How can you accomplish something similar under your current constraints?
  • Where (and with whom) are you playing it safe? What is that costing you?
  • What dreams are you saving for later? Why?
E- Energy: Igniting Passion
  • 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: Connecting to Bigger
  • 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: Staying Open to Possibilities
  • 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 2020 be categorically different from last year?
  • For what do you most want to be known?
  • What new contribution are you meant to offer?
E-Execution:  Envisioning Breakthrough Success
  • What could you do to make this the best year of your career?
  • Who else can engage to support you?
  • What could get in the way of success?

hold deeper conversations and build a Courageous Culture

Other Resources to Have Deeper Conversations With Your Team

Compassionate Conversation Starters: How to Help Your Team Connect More Deeply

4 U.G.L.Y. Conversations to Have With Your Team Before Year-End

7 Icebreaker Questions to Melt Frustration and Build Trust

4 Workplace Resolutions Your Team Can Make

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  1. Kelly Byrne

    Great tool! Thank you!
    Do you know of any schools or school districts using this tool with principals, teachers, even students? and If so, how are they using it?
    Again, thank you!

    • Karin Hurt

      Kelly, Thanks so very much. I just developed this tool for some of our clients to use as they start the new year so it’s hot off the press. We have used our Own the U.G.L.Y. tool with educators (link at the bottom of the post) and they have found it very useful.

  2. Peter Thompson

    I have saved this one for reflection. Karin, this is excellent. I can already tell that, when I go over this, your questions will get right to the heart of things. Self-evaluation can be confusing, because it is so open-ended. Thank you for questions that will help me focus!

    • Karin Hurt

      Peter, Thanks so very much! I’m glad you find it useful.


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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict, and hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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