Leading, and running businesses, in today's word requires us to look for opportunities regularly. In most industries today it is unusual to lead by "business as usual" every day. What are the new opportunities you see on the horizon? What will be possible for your team?
Options, and helping our team members explore options, is a key part of the coaching process. John Whitmore's GROW model encourages coachees or clients (those being coached) to explore different options for what they can do in moving from where they are to where they want to be, in the third "O" stage, or options stage of the GROW model. as leaders we can play an important role in generating options with our team members, as the first solution possibility is not always the best. Other tools such as the Five Why's is another great tool for unlayering possibilities.
Question to consider: Keeping in mind your biggest business or leadership challenge right now, what options are available to you for a solution?
Optimism is one of the leadership competencies identified in the Emotional Intelligence framework. Here's a great link to a podcast on Fostering Optimism and Confidence from UC Berkley's Greater Good Science Center. Questions to consider: How is optimism important to you? Your team?
Opposites can be very important in our work. Complimentary skills benefit a team. How can opposites provide value in your work?
Organized- keeping things organized, in focused and prioritized is important when juggling different things. While it's not always our first preference what systems will benefit your work . Consider systems you use with email, accessing information or notes, etc. What could be more organized for you?
Open-minded: In environments where team members are empowered. maintaining an open mind in listening is critical. Especially in virtual teams, we can't know everything as leaders. How open minded are you to learning? To alternative perspectives? How do we invite dialogue which may be in contrast or conflict sometimes to our perspectives? Remember, innovation requires some of this conflict!
Have a great Wednesday,
Jennifer Britton, MES, PCC, CPT
Potentials Realized - Leadership and Team Development, Coaching, Retreats
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
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