Sometimes, when dealing with a particularly challenging team member, I find myself asking: “Is this person lazy… or is it me?”.
A mentor of mine taught me a little management hack right before I took on my first team of 50 people. He gave me the heads up that I would likely find myself frustrated with some of the questions I would receive from my direct reports. So he shared his strategy on how to handle those moments. Here, I pass it to you:
In many cases, I found that my team members were asking me questions because of information I should have given, but failed to provide. As leaders and managers, it is our responsibility to forecast the needs of our teams and provide them with the tools necessary to do their job successfully.
My challenge to you today: when a team member asks you a question take a moment to ask yourself, “Are they asking me this because I failed to provide them with enough information to succeed?". Often, the questions are a reflection of your leadership & management skills.
Sometimes we have to look in the mirror and take blame for the shortcomings of our team.
Kick the crap out of this week and ensure your team has the information they need to do their job.