Comfortable jobs equal drifting employees. Everyone in your organization needs to feel stretched in some area.
Successful leaders help others step into uncomfortable – stretching – challenges and opportunities. Eventually, you’ll hear, “I’m not sure I’m up to the task.”
Helping people grow
means making them uncomfortable.
It doesn’t matter if you think they are ready. The issue is exploring the challenge from their point of view. Use this series of questions to guide your conversation.
Clarify the challenge:
Describe the project or initiative in your own words. What are you doing?
What are the deliverables?
What is a win?
How do organizational values connect with this activity?
How does this activity express organizational mission?
On a scale of 1-10, how important are the following skills to the success of your project?
- Organization and planning. ____
- Budgeting. ____
- Inter-departmental communication ____
- Organizational communication ____
- Public communication. ____
- Technical. ____
- Relationship building. ____
- Initiative. ____
- Follow through. ____
- Reporting. ____
- Collaboration or acting independently. ____
- Initiate and sustain teamwork. ____
- Problem solving. ____
- Decision making. ____
- Creativity, openness, and innovation. ____
- Adaptability. ____
- Supporting/developing others. ____
- Motivation and inspiration. ____
- Risk taking. ____
- Strategic planning. ____
- Listening. ____
- Delegation. ____
- Giving feedback. ____
- Integrating new people. ____
- Research. ____
Why are the high ranking skills important?
Which high ranking skills reflect your strengths?
Which high ranking skills reflect your weaknesses?
How stretched does this project make you feel? ____ (1-10)
What most stretches you?
How important to your career path is developing in the stretch areas? ____ (1-10)
How could you leverage the strengths of your teammates?
What support is important? (describe and discuss)
Would you like to move forward or should I find someone else?
I’d like you to step into this new challenge. What do you need to succeed?
Use the long version with timid teammates.
How would you develop or change this structure?
How do you help people step into new challenges?