Observe

 

Productive Leadership Tips:

  1. When you give specific feedback you are better placed to shift quickly into performance improvement.
  2. When you observe, even just a little more than you do now, you might just be surprised at what you will see happening:
    • Great work being done.
    • Workflows that might need tweaking.
    • Insights from team members who have cost effective, improvement ideas.
  3. You get to practice giving feedback more often.

 

I’d love to know your thoughts…

 

Video Transcript

So this little stem has come out of nowhere. I’m going to say it’s just appeared, which is, as you know, not true. I first noticed it only a couple of days ago and it was probably down to there and it’s grown probably the size of it’s flowering head in just the last couple of days. Growing super, super quickly.

Now, it made me think of how observant I am or maybe am not, as the case may be. And how observant are you? Have you got your head down, working so hard, getting on with what you’ve got to do, that you can sometimes miss the good stuff going on around you?

When you miss the good stuff, then when it comes time to actually acknowledging your team and saying thank you or giving some praise, you’re not as specific as what you probably could be.

When we just lift our head up and have a look around and just reconnect with others for five minutes, one cup of tea, sort of thing. Or we’re just watching what’s going on, then we’re in a much better place to have more specific information and catch people doing great thing so that the praise that you give is really specific and therefore has a much deeper value and has a much deeper appreciation. Yes, of course, you can catch things going wrong and can improve them and that’s a whole feedback conversation as well, but you’re also missing out on the good, maybe.

I can’t believe this little thing has just popped up so quickly and without me even noticing it. It wasn’t there one day and it was there the next kind of thing. It made me question how observant I might be and I think that’s a really good thing for us to stop and think about every now and again.

How observant are we? Who needs to have our attention a little bit more? I’d love to know your thoughts. Bye for now.

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