3 Magic Questions to motivate your people

I had a text from one of my clients this week, which read “Saw everyone and asked them the 3 magic questions!”.  What did she mean?  Well, she is new to her leadership role and so I shared the 3 questions she could ask each of her new team members in her first 1-2-1 meeting with them.  Why?  These questions focus on what is important to the business, the individuals and aligns the leader and employee to both of those goals.  This increases motivation, job satisfaction and productivity.  So what are they?

1.  What do you believe are the goals of this organisation?  This tells you their level of understanding and them, your priorities.

2.  What are your personal goals?  You learn of their drivers and it gives you a chance to link their goals to the business goals.

3.  How can I help you?  Secures alignment and starts the process of that all important psychological contract.

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No blog next week as I am delivering the Advanced Course in Leadership Coaching in Istanbul.

Recommended Reading:  The book for May is  The Five Temptations of a CEO by Patrick Lencioni which follows his other excellent work The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.  Have you read it?  What do you think?

Future Events:

Highflyingdivas, Colchester 15th May – 4 Marketing Search Paradigms for 2012 Previous attendee feedback ” The last one was excellent – looking forward to this event”, Kate, Partner, PR Company

Highflyingdivas, London, 29th May – How to manage your emotions in tricky situations Previous attendee feedback ” This was genuinely an excellent evening – full of intelligent, talented women with great potential”, Helen, Chief Executive, Leadership Training Consultancy

The Leadership Forum, Colchester, 19th June – Discover Your Digital Buying Process.  Previous attendee feedback ” I really found the Leadership Forum to be different from the other networking groups I’ve been involved in. The discussion session was very thought-provoking and I met a lot of people I had not met before. I will definitely try to get to further events.”, Tracey, Senior Mngr, RBS

Lighter Reflections.  The rain has stopped and the fields are once more alive with the sounds of “Pebbles”, “Jake”, “Dino….come here!” as humans and dogs emerge from their houses and take to the countryside once more.  James was walking our dog and duly calling “Baron” to be greeted with a handsome Siberian Husky running up and sitting down in front of him.  He was shortly followed by a man puffing and running up.  Presumably the man wasn’t the local “Baron” but the dog’s owner.  He asked “Is your dog called Baron too?”.  “Yes” James replied.  They both looked around and finally spotted our hound emerging from a bush after chasing down his umpteenth rabbit.

Also this week, I continued to challenge myself by signing up to cycle in Kenya for women v. cancer!  It takes place in June next year and I have the daunting task of raising £3,000 and then cycling between 70-100 km every day!  Help!. I would appreciate any support you can give me and my fundraising site is at http://www.justgiving.com/highflyingdiva  Of course it is I hear you say!

About RosemaryCC

Leadership Coach and Management Consultant helping you to clarify your goals and achieve success in your career or business. Also founder of Highflyingdivas and the Leadership Forum
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