I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to change things up after the debacle that was 2020. One way to shake things up is to ask people you work with, or manage, to make your resolutions.

Here’s what I mean–for those of us who have led others, we too often give a lot more direction than we take in. So force the issue and ask people you trust–and especially people you manage–what you need to do better at in 2021.

Make it simple, anonymous if need be, and then tell people you’re going to share the results to hold you accountable throughout the year.

Here are a few big takeaways you’ll receive: 1) instant respect from those around you for asking, 2) the type of information you’ll only get if you ask 3) enhanced employee feedback moving forward, 4) you becoming a better leader, manager, and person and 5) if you haven’t been this transparent before, you’ll shock them in a good way.

And #5…and read this carefully. If you get critical comments, soak them up and treasure them. Assuming they’re not worthless rants, appreciate the fact that someone took the risk and effort to honestly tell you what they think…and realize that those who sent them might be the most vital people you can have on your team. Why? Because they have demonstrated they really care.

One other item–if you don’t hear a word from anyone about your request for constructive feedback, consider that you may have a cultural or trust issue taking place.

Sound good? Now, go do it, soak up the feedback and see what you can do to make 2021 the best year yet for you–and those who rely on you.

Pete Havel is a speaker, trainer, and consultant on workplace culture and leadership. He speaks and consults for organizations ranging from law enforcement agencies to Fortune 500 companies.  He’s also the author of “The Arsonist in the Office: Fireproofing Your Life Against Toxic Coworkers, Bosses, Employees, and Cultures,” named as a #1 Hot New Release by Amazon. It’s available at www.arsonistintheoffice.com Pete can be reached at pete@petehavel.com and 214-244-7906. You’ll also find more information on him at www.petehavel.com.


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