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Challenge Your People to Challenge You

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Challenge Your People to Challenge You

Use this Framework to come prepared for your next one-on-one.

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“Implementing Extreme Ownership requires checking your ego and operating with a high degree of humility. Admitting mistakes, taking ownership, and developing a plan to overcome challenges are integral to any successful team.” ― Jocko Willink

If there are policies or procedures your team may have trouble with—from benefits to team decision-making practices— teach your team members to practice their own level of "extreme ownership" by discussing these issues with you as a leader in your next 1:1.

Before the conversation, think through how you’ll explain:

  • The challenge they are facing (or see others facing)

  • A specific set of questions that will help you get to a solution

Why? The academic literature shows that a critical factor in dealing with work-life conflict on teams is something called “Leader-Member Exchange.” By raising concerns—and proposing solutions—you can develop this important muscle, and build trust.

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Teaching your employees to give honest feedback can be stressful, but it’s providing you with valuable information, and it's beneficial to you both. They’ll become better at their job, and you’ll be able to better address your needs as their direct report.