Most business units are so busy with ongoing work and projects that time is not taken to “talk about improvement.” A manager, who desires to build the best team, would do well to seek constructive feedback and ideas from the team. This should be a purposeful but very open discussion. There are several key topics for discussion plus any team specific items a manager may want to review.
5 Skills for Managing Improvement
- What specific thing(s) can we do to get even better at execution?
- How do you feel about the communications around projects and assignments?
- Is our “check-up” status report approach working?
- Have our Project Action Plans been well organized and coordinated?
- Has business Unit teamwork been effective? If not, how can we improve?
This review process can be done several times a year or after completion of an important project or assignment. The point is to have open and candid discussions on getting better. the very fact that a manager or executive is willing to do this will increase the culture on productivity.
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