Three Words to Improve Team Member's Performance
I learned at a management training, as a manager the number one way to improve individual performance is to ask this single question:
What’s your goal?
It’s three powerful words.
I used them recently to find out my team member’s goals. Their answers surprised me because they were different than what I expected from each of them. (And no, they were not just: “more money”).
After finding out their goals, I took the following action:
- align their goal with team and company objectives
- enabling the start of the team member’s goal within the team
- coaching the team member towards accomplishing their goal
- (if required) advocating to peers and superiors team member’s goals
I am still in the initial phase of this process and it has been a game changer for me as a manager.
Another benefit of asking this question is that my relationship with each team member is different. I am not just their “manager” - I am now their coach to their dreams.
All because of three words.
Isn’t that insane??