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I’m gaining a ton of personal fulfillment and energy these days from coaching, developing, and leading my team. My desire is to do whatever I can to help them succeed and win.
What drive me to do this? Well, several things. For one…I love my team and care about their development as leaders…or better yet – as humans! And secondly, I know that if they succeed, so will The Orchard’s mission.
One practical way I try and help set them up for success is by giving each of my direct reports an opportunity to give me – their leader – direct feedback on how they feel I could do a better job of leading them. So once a month, right alongside my input and development of their leadership, I ask them to answer a very simple, three-part question:
What can I (as your leader)….START, STOP, & CONTINUE DOING…..that would help set you up for greater success?
This is an important question because it cuts out any assumptions I may have about how well I’m leading my team.
More specifically, here’s what I’m asking:
START – What am I not currently doing that could potentially set you up for greater success?
STOP – What am I currently doing that is frustrating you or that you feel could be hindering your success as a leader?
CONTINUE – What am I currently doing that is helping you to succeed?
I’m convinced that building a strong team isn’t just about the leader developing, growing, and stretching their team…..it’s also about providing that team with regular and consistent opportunities to develop, grow, and stretch their leader.
What are some of your best practices for doing this?
I love those random, off-the-wall experiences that show up in our lives from time to time. Last week was one of these moments for us at The Orchard Community.
Here’s the story…
A few months ago, a location scout for Warner Brothers came by The Orchard to scope out our campus and explore the possibility of making it a short-term “base camp” for the cast and crew of the new Superman movie, “Man of Steel” that’s being filmed throughout the area this summer.
This would essentially mean renting our entire campus (building and parking lot) for about three full days where it would be used for the storage of the cast’s trailers, trucks, holding spaces for extras, rooms for the makeup and wardrobe departments, and space for the caterers to serve breakfast and lunch each day to a couple hundred cast and crew.
So after lots of consideration, conversation, contract reviews, etc…we gave them a thumb’s up….AND THEN worked really hard at keeping it all a secret (which wasn’t easy by the way!) until it was all said and done.
Well as many of you now know, last week was the week, and what a week it was! From Monday – Wednesday, our campus was flipped upside down by a couple hundred cast and crew working on the film that is slated to be released in June of 2013. And I gotta say, it was a ton of fun and a real pleasure to host what was probably a once in a lifetime opportunity. It was kind of surreal too, seeing celebrities walking past my office window and down the hallways of The Orchard. WHO, SCOTT, WHO??! Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Zack Snyder (Director), and Superman himself – Henry Cavill. (Sorry ladies, no Russell Crowe sightings…)
Fun times…great memories…and some fun stories to tell.