Ask these Questions to foster your colleagues Sense of Purpose


Leadership Tip of the week # 80

adapted from HBR

We all want to find meaning in what we do. As a manager, you can help your team members foster this inner sense of purpose by asking them a few simple questions:

  1. What are you good at? What do you take on because you believe you’re the best person to do it? What have you gotten noticed for throughout your career? The idea here is to help people identify their strengths.
  2. What do you enjoy? In a typical workweek, what do you look forward to doing? These questions help people find or rediscover what they love about work.
  3. What feels most useful? Which work outcomes make you proudest? Which of your tasks are most critical to the team or organization? The answers can highlight the inherent value of certain work.
  4. What creates a sense of forward momentum?How is your work today getting you closer to what you want? The point here is to show people how their current role helps them advance toward future goals.

It’s not always easy to guide others toward purpose, but these questions can help.

Adapted from “5 Questions to Help Your Employees Find Their Inner Purpose,” by Kristi Hedges

Author: Andrew Mann

Managing Partner at NorthBailey. Having had senior marketing & insight roles at Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Coop and M&S, I'm now using my experience & network to solve strategic marketing problems for NorthBailey clients

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