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Questions a Manager Should Ask Their Team

Whether you are a manager at your company or at any other position, if you are responsible for a team of employees, you will have a lot of work on your hands. You will have regular meetings with your team to review progress, results, consistency, and other parameters of the business. Making sure everyone is on track and on the same page is a one of a bigger tasks.

As Ken Blanchard said, “The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision.”

Keeping everyone on the same page is of foremost importance so that everyone knows their role, there is no confusion, and work runs smoothly. To ensure this you must regularly ask your team a few important questions.

Do we have clarity regarding company goals?

While it is helpful to ask yourself this regularly as well, it is very important to ask your team from time to time. It helps everyone stay on the same page and work toward the same goals without any uncertainty.

Who is accountable for which job?

While this might seem harsh, it’s not to confront or embarrass anyone. It’s, rather, to assign accountability, which increases employees responsibility to their tasks automatically. This gives them autonomy, which they enjoy, and also gets the job done.

How are we doing compared to our competition?

This is something that needs to be asked in order to make progress as a company. If you are not aiming to do better than your competition, then you will struggle to make your place in the industry.

Where can we improve?

If you are not constantly looking to improve and better yourself then you will fall behind. Constant innovation and change for the better is mandatory to stay relevant.

What have you recently learned that will help us do better?

You can not be the same person you were last year, this year. Or even last month. You need to keep learning and keep upskilling to move ahead and push the company ahead too. So it’s very important to consciously keep learning.

It’s imperative to regularly ask your team these important questions so that everyone is reminded and always aware of how they should move forward.

National University of Singapore Business School Accelerated Management Program
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