Don’t Stop Asking the Right Questions

If you are a leader, then part of your job is to influence improvement on the people, projects and events that you’re leading.
When an event or project is fresh the 2 obvious questions are “What do we want to accomplish?” and “how can we do that in the best way possible?”. Generally we get some traction on it and things go well.
Eventually though, the newness wears off and somewhere along the line we can be tempted to stop asking those two questions and settle into a routine. This is a stage I’ve noticed that I am in, and I want to avoid it! Here are some things I’m doing and questions I am asking to avoid this problem:

  1. Make time to think and evaluate.
    Instead of just looking forward on the calendar, look backward too. How was that last event you lead? Was the meeting a success?

  2. Don’t forget to evaluate the routine and everyday.
    We tend to reflect on the fewer and bigger projects and look to improve them more than the smaller, more frequent ones. Yet, those are just as important at times.

  3. Ask other people to evaluate.
    This may seem obvious, but other people have opinions and insight too. You need to know what they are thinking. This is especially true of new people who may have fresh eyes on something that you’ve been living with and working on for some time.

What has worked for you? What has motivated you to re-vamp and improve?

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