Who’s responsible for your teams behavior? I hope you are quickly saying “they are”. One way to instill that is to modify the way you ask questions as well as the questions they ask themselves.
For example, if you ask the team “do you have clear goals” it is easy for them to transfer the responsibility to you as to whether they achieve them or not. If, on the other hand, they ask themselves “Did I do my best to achieve my goals” now the responsibility moves to them. Think of it as passive vs. active questions.
Questions that begin with “Did I do my best to…” force self evaluation based on my efforts.
It is also the beginning of the transfer for the team to be responsible for behavior.
As you look to 2016, it is time to start asking different questions to get different results. If you need help, reach out to your local ActionCOACH.
Have a great week!