Here’s a simple exercise that will give you valuable insights about yourself and those you lead.
When a specific team member walks into your office, does your energy level go up, or go down?
Are you interested / inquisitive / excited (even mildly) when they ask to speak to you? Or does it make you concerned / depressed / irritated (even a little)?
Print out the tool below and track it for a few weeks – for all your interactions, with all your team members. (Simply fill in team member names, beside which you can doodle ‘up arrows’ or ‘down arrows’.)
If you see the bad stuff (down arrows) consistently and with everyone, likely you’re the problem. (Think attitude adjustment / vacation / coaching / therapy.)
If there are a few standout, consistent ‘down arrow’ people, likely they’re a problem. (Think attitude-adjustment-discussion / coaching / de-hiring.)
If there are a few standout, consistent ‘up arrow’ people, how are you maximizing their creativity / skill / passion / enthusiasm? (Contact us if you’d like a few suggestions.)