Another wee snippet from my current book project, 10 Steps to Better Management.
Do you know how your manager, peers, and team members would answer these questions relative to their expectations of you? In what ways would their answers differ?
You may think that some of these questions are too basic to be asked, but they generate some really great and eye opening conversations. Give it a try!
Oh, one more thing. For those of you with people who report to you – do your team members know how you would answer these questions for them?
Tell me how you define quality of work? What are your expectations regarding deadlines and communication of work status? What does being prepared mean?
What is your expectation of me regarding making and communicating decisions? What types of decisions would you like me to include you in making?
Describe the work environment you expect me to build and reinforce? In what ways would you like to see the company´s culture change and what role do you believe I should play in creating that transformation? Is there anything about the department´s current culture that you think ought to change or improve?
Describe what is means to be creative? How important is creativity and innovation and what are your expectations of me regarding creativity and innovation? In what ways would you like my group and me to generate new ideas and improve results?
Describe for me your vision of how a well functioning team looks and feels? What expectations do you have regarding team developing and productivity? What are your expectations regarding how I will manage and correct poor performance? How much time do you think I ought to spend coaching others?
What does effective communication look like in your eyes? What are your expectations of me regarding communication? What are your expectations of me regarding attending and conducting meetings?
Everyone needs to continue to grow. In what two ways would you most like to see me to grow and develop over the next year?
What does it mean to be results oriented? What are your expectations of me regarding getting results and being results oriented?
How important is partnership and collaboration? What are your expectations of me regarding our level of partnership and collaboration? In what ways would you like to see partnership and collaboration improve?
What does it mean to represent the company well? What are your expectations for how managers will conduct themselves and represent the company?
What questions would you ask?