One of the greatest gifts you can give a colleague, is a deeper insight into themselves. And one of the best ways to do this, is to offer a thought-provoking question.
Here is a simple structure you can use in your leadership team meeting. It doesn’t need advance preparation, and it’s guaranteed to leave team members feeling more connected, open, creative, and confident.
Are you up for it? Here’s how.
Sitting in a circle, look towards the person to your left. Consider
1.) Positive feedback you could offer them: something they have recently achieved, a behaviour or habit they seem to be working on and making progress, something they have done for you or the team, a positive attribute they display that lifts others…
2.) A question to ask them, that will support them being in a state of mind to achieve fabulous things in 2024.
Five minutes should be enough for this consideration.
Next, begin by one person turning to the person to their left, offering the feedback, and then asking their question. You may want initial responses to the questions in the moment, or you may agree that the questions stay internal and reflective.
Then the second person does the same for the person to their left, and this is repeated until you have been around the full circle.
Once you everyone has spoken, take ten minutes to reflect on how you each feel and what the activity has opened up for you.
Here are a few questions that have been posed when I have done this activity with executive teams:
- It’s the end of next year: Looking back, what is the biggest gift you have given this team, that you haven’t given before?
- What is the defining essence of you as an executive? What will be your hallmark?
- What gives you most joy in this role, and how can you do more of that?
Stronger connection for the team and an early Christmas gift of insight for your peers! When will you try it?
Go Fearlessly – Corrinne
PS Look out for my Christmas Wishes blog coming soon – it’s always one of the most read blogs of the year.