'Leaders help people to grow into their full God-given potential.  The imperative task of leadership is facilitating the growth of others'... a quote I read recently in Leading Across Cultures by James Pluddemann.

He goes onto say that the most basic task of leaders is to develop people for God's glory, focusing the gifts of others.  Successful leaders enhance the gifts of people by involving them in the work.

While he talks much about the theory of leadership, strategy, vision and cross cultural styles of leadership, he comes back to the core - people and their development.

How easy it is to get caught up in tasks, strategy, meetings, schedules and other important aspects of running an organization, and to overlook...

In coaching we often ask three simple questions to help a person think through an event, project or situation, to generate their own feedback.

What did you do well?

What could you improve on?

How would you do that differently next time?

Asking these three questions, interspersed by "What else?" or "What other thoughts come to mind?" is a powerful way of debriefing a situation and generating feedback.  Our human nature is often quick to see what went wrong and to minimize the many positive things that happened.  It is so helpful to start with the positive and recognize what did go well.

After thinking through what could be improved on, we are in a good position to consider practical...

Feed forward seems less scary and more positive than feedback. The idea of feed forward was introduced to me by Marshall Goldsmith in his book 'What got you here won't get you there'.  I like that it is future looking and practical.

In summary there are 4 simple steps to feed forward:-

1. Pick the behavior you would like to change,

2. Describe this objective in conversation with anyone you meet,

3. Ask that person for two suggestions that might help you achieve positive change in your selected behavior,

4. Listen attentively to their suggestions and reply only with a 'thank you'. (Do not add ' but' or 'however'!)

Feed Forward - Ask for ideas, listen, say thank you!

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