Monday, January 06, 2014
Make a team audit part of your resolution.
It's the time of year where we make resolutions. Most resolutions are based on personal wants, needs, goals as they relate to ourselves. The gap in this practice is that we don’t live in a bubble, hence the next 365’s progress & failures are not likely to be just about self.
We need the EQ to seek feedback from those around us; co-workers, managers, bosses, family & friends who interact with us on a daily basis. We need to ask how they think we did / are doing and more importantly, what they would like to see less & more of over the upcoming year?
Each year I seek the opinions of family, friends and coworkers on what I did well and what I can improve. I don’t ask the people who will tell me what I want to hear, I ask those who will tell me what I need to hear. Straight goods, no repercussions; what they want more of and less of from my behaviors & interactions.
If you have not set personal & professional goals period, you may be planning to fail in 2014. At the next level, if those goals don’t include input from those you directly affect and are affecting, you may be planning to navigate in the dark... blindfolded. Neither make sense. Neither facilitate progress.
Want to ACTUALLY get better in 2014? Than collect & implement feedback from outside yourself.