Mentor Team Members to Perform Effortlessly
CAN WE TALK?
I have to admit that there have been a few jobs in my career that I should have never done. As an employee, it can be daunting to be asked “can we talk?” When that question is presented, it usually means that the conversation is going to be unpleasant. But “can we talk” can also be a positive one.
I have been fortunate enough to have had managers that were great leaders. What made them great in my mind? They took the time to talk with me about finding my sweet spot. These leaders were motivated to get the best out of me, but also looked at how my talents could benefit the organization outside of my job description. They saw that I performed effortlessly in certain tasks and wanted to know more about me and my future.
Take the time to mentor key team members to find their purpose so they can boldly express it. You might just have an employee with hidden talents that could help you get to the next level in your business. The founders of Home Depot, Arthur Blank and Bernard Markus were fired from Handy Dan Home Improvement Centers as a result of their wild ideas of what home improvement stores could be. The owners of Handy Dan didn’t see the concept of DiY style- big box stores and went out of business in 1989. Having opinionated positive team members that are interdependent, creates a unified culture of entrepreneurship that will find new ways to accelerate business growth.
Set a meeting with the valued employee. First and foremost, do they know how much you care about them? If they do, then asking “can we talk” will be received in a more positive way.
1. Are you bored in your current position? Do you feel restless?
2. What do you wish that you could spend more time on? This is another way to uncover hidden talents.
3. What part of their job fascinates you?
4. What are you most excited about? More than likely you will hear what they are passionate about.
5. What can I do to help?
HELP OTHERS BOLD EXPRESS THEIR PURPOSE
Great leaders cultivate their wow ideas and those of team members. They know that boldly expressing their purpose requires that they improve their mindset. Determining where you are now is a vital first step in setting the proper course in boldly leading others. Clarify your innermost values and craft a personal mission statement that will become your true north. Gaining this clarity will enable you to uncover what is really important, why it is important and how to boldly express your purpose.