As part of our ongoing "21 Days to Accelerate Team Leadership Success" blog series, Day 3 has you focusing on your people and what gifts they each bring to the team. For most leaders, assessing your talent's capabilities may be the easy part, but what may feel harder is taking the time to actually deliver the positive feedback needed to build trust on a team and raise employee engagement levels. Realize this, most of us really want to know that what we do matters and contributes to the team's performance. For this reason, it is not surprising that the US Department of Labor reports that 64% of working Americans leave their jobs because they are not recognized.“Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated.” ~ Robert McNamara, former president Ford Motor Company
TAKE 15 MINUTES TO TAKE TIME TO RECOGNIZE YOUR TEAM MEMBERS STRENGTHS
In less than 15 minutes today you will create a list of your team member's strengths, the situations in which they shine best and the last time you shared positive feedback with them.
Start by taking out a piece of paper:
- Label a sheet of paper with 4 columns: Name, 3 Strengths, Best Situations, Feedback
- Name column: list all of the members of your team
- Strengths column: for each team member, list their top 3 strengths and be as specific as possible for instance, "work ethic" may need to say "inspires others with her commitment to produce quality work"
- Best Situations column: list the situations where they really thrive; is someone on your team better at presentations to the board and someone else better helping the group solve a common problem? If so, take note of it, so you can find the opportunities to help this leader perform this role on an even more regular basis
- Feedback column: list the last time you gave this team member specific feedback about their work