Q: How do I ensure team conversations are intentional and valuable?
As leaders we need to connect. In any role this is important, but as less people are doing more in most organisations I work across, the need to have deeper, more planned out and intentional conversations is vital. The topical conversations are obtainable not sustainable long term.
With Netflix and online streaming allowing us to stream anything we want at our fingertips at any time, we can now access content anywhere. It gets me to thinking about, how many conversations we have these days are similar and have taken on a “streaming” quality opposed to a “teaming” one. One that is planned out and intentional, a bit like the ‘old way’ of purposefully going to hire a video.
So how do we know the difference?
These conversations are usually topical. They are usually not planned out and don’t always have a true intention. These conversations don’t cut through and most of the time don’t build deep, long lasting and connecting relationships and results. For example, feedback delivered this way is usually a telling session and the feedback loop of action isn’t usually discussed so nothing changes after the conversation.
When you are having teaming conversations, these are deeper and more planned out with an intention. These conversations cut through the clutter and are well thought out with an outcome, change or result during or post the conversation.
We can’t always have the deeper conversations but your role is to ensure that the majority of the time you make a planned effort to, as much as possible.
What conversations are you having with your team, peers and upline?
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