- What are the key outcomes that will make this year successful for you and your team?
- What kind of support would you like to see from me and my team to support your success?
- What is working well that my team should keep doing?
- What would you like to see my team start or stop doing to be more effective?
- If you were to look out 12 to 24 months from now and envision my team as completely successful, what would you see in terms of results and the mindsets and behaviors that drive results?
- What advice do you have for me in my new role?
What do you next? Here are some road tested suggestions:
1. Organize your thoughts and come up with your short- and long-term priorities.
2. Share what you’ve learned with your team and get them engaged in creating and following through on an action plan.
3. Circle back with the rest of your stakeholders to let them know what you’ve learned and how you’ll be following up.
4. Stay connected with your team and your stakeholders to ensure that the priorities are addressed and that everyone is aware of the progress and what they can do to help.
We have two ears and one mouth for a reason. When you’re the leader the best way to make progress on the things that matter most is to listen more and talk less. Going on a listening tour is a great way to get started.