Use a simple Google form each week to get real-time feedback on sentiment, which will help build trust within the team and strengthen your ability to listen.
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Once your team starts growing, worrying about the culture, managing a team, keeping people motivated and ultimately driving outcome can be a challenge. Start thinking about how you can build trust in your leadership through a ‘listen first’ approach that is not bound through being located next to a team member in the office.
But also, focus on not being intrusive which can make them feel it’s your management style to snoop on whether they are doing work.
A super easy approach is to create a google form with 3 quick questions:
- How was your week (scale — 1:10)
- Brain-dump your thoughts in more detail (Great / OK / Awful / Meh) Please be descriptive.
- Feedback on Leadership (where help is needed, vision is clear and how you feel/ anything!) Please be descriptive.
Schedule this email each week (automated) for a specific time i.e. Friday at 11:45. Importantly, you must explain why you are taking this approach and the value for the team members — not the value for you.
It’s not about you, it’s about helping to understand what help, support and guidance is required for your team member to perform effectively.