Jordon came to me for leadership coaching, wanting to improve his team’s communication and efficiency. The first thing I asked him was, “When was the last time you acknowledged your team members?” With a proud smile on his face, he said, “I took them out to lunch to celebrate winning our last contract.”
“Great incentive for celebrating a milestone,” I answered. Then I asked another question, “When was the last time you acknowledged your team members on an individual basis, unexpectedly?” He looked at me in a puzzled manner and replied, “What do you mean, unexpectedly?”
I explained every one of his team members has strengths, qualities and natural talents they are using on a daily basis. If he began to acknowledge his team members for their natural talents, instead of taking their strengths for granted, then each individual will start to feel more and more confident to the degree that even their so-called ‘weaknesses’ will become strengths. This will shift the energy, attitude and mindset of all team members to work in harmony with efficient and effective results.
The challenge I gave Jordon was to genuinely acknowledge each team member for one of their natural talents during the next week. He did this, and to his surprise he noticed a dynamic shift in the efficiency of the team working together.
For consistent powerful performance, genuinely acknowledge your
team members for their natural talents.
An added bonus was while he had always had an ‘open door’ policy, the team had never used it. After he started to acknowledge them, they felt much more confident and comfortable to communicate any challenges, or concerns, before they got out of hand. Much to Jordon’s surprise he even witnessed the team members starting to acknowledge each other more.
The other challenge I gave Jordon for that week, was to have him acknowledge his wife for something he really appreciated, on three separate occasions.
You can imagine how he was feeling the following week when we had our next coaching session! Yes, by acknowledging his wife regularly, he had also improved his relationship with her. This effect also rippled out to their children. Even when there is nothing wrong in a relationship, there is always room for improvement, which is not highlighted until you do something different, and outside the square.
I have used Jordon’s example with team leadership acknowledgement, however, the same applies to all situations when working with people.
This includes acknowledgement of family members, sporting clubs you may be involved with, working environments, business owners and staff, parents and children at school, etc.
Go ahead and make your day as well as your life – acknowledge everyone in your professional and personal life, including yourself.
If you are having challenges in developing a powerful team that works well together, do not waste another minute of your powerful team talent, contact me today for a discovery coaching conversation about your communication and leadership style.
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