actions of a leader are the best interpreters of their thoughts."
and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the
problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made."
Leader is a dealer in hope."
Top 10 Questions to Help Managers "Refuse the Monkey"
The old school of management (Theory
x) says the manager is the expert. As such, it is his/her job
to address a problem by telling the employee how something should
be done, or should have been done. The problem (the monkey) is
handed to the manager, and he/she accepts it (after all, he/she
is the expert). The employee never owns the problem. Not owning
it, he/she can never effectively deal with it and never learns
how to deal with future challenges.
Here are 10 questions to
help your charges take responsibility for making corrections and
at the same time teach them how to deal with future challenges.
1. What happened ?
Or what's happening ? Remain silent
and objective, giving them time to articulate what happened. Be
sure everyone is clear about what did happen or is happening.
2. What do you see as the consequences
Sure, you may already know. But
get them to think about it and come up with what they see as the
consequences. Better from them than you.
3. Anything else ?
Don't be impatient for answers.
Help them think it through thoroughly.
4. What are your (our) options here?
Don't let them off
the hook with "I don't know." Let them think about the options.
There are nearly always more than one... sometimes several, even
if some of them are not good ones.
5. Which of these do you feel would be
Narrow it down.
6. Why do you feel that way ?
Get them to articulate why they believe it to
be the best course. Remember, to talk about it requires them to
think it through.
7. What roadblocks do you foresee
with this plan ?
If any are likely, it is better to be prepared.
8. When will you start ?
Commitment. (If "next week," then why not tomorrow?)
9. How can I support you ?
And be ready to do just that in whatever way you
10. What resources do you need
to get this done ?
One way to support them is to make sure they have
the "tools" they need to get the job done.
This piece was originally submitted by Bob Bone,
Creative Business Coaching, who can be reached at Bob@BobBone.com,
or visited on the web at www.bobbone.com
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