There are some simple tool that you can adopt to help you understand and gain insight into how others see you, and what behaviours and approaches work really well, what behaviours and approaches might help from a little tweaking, and what behaviours and approaches that are turning your team off.
Try this simple exercise around paying closer attention to the world around you for a few days…
- For 1 day write down all the comments that you hear said about you. Any remark that concerns you or your behaviour, write it down.
- At the end of the day review the list and rate each comments as positive or negative.
- Conduct the same exercise the following day, and at the end of the day rate each comment as either positive or negative.
- If you can, conduct the exercise for 1 week, repeating the activity at the end of each day identifying each comment as either positive or negative.
At the end of that period, you’ll have plenty of data to review. Take a look and see what, if any patterns emerge – do any relate to your lack of attention, your attention to detail, you inability to listen, your lack of follow up, something else?
By consciously looking at yourself for a day, 2, 3 – 7 days, it will help you to listen to the feedback that is being proffered (without prompting). It will really help you to collate data about yourself which can then help you identify what you are willing to change / modify.
Try this exercise for the next week, and please get in touch and share what you have found.
We may be able to give you a few hints and tips on how you can modify the aspects you are interested in in order to achieve the best results for you.