I’ve been reading Fred Kofman’s book, Conscious Business. Written in 2006, the book summarizes Kofman’s experiences as a management consultant to some of the great leaders in technology and other industries. In the book, Kofman lists 12 questions Gallup used to identify great managers in one of the largest management surveys conducted.
As I read this list of 12 questions, I started answering them for each of the different roles I’ve had. When I worked for great managers and answered the questions, I found I answered yes to almost all of them. The converse is also true.
This list incorporates questions about communication clarity, mission, shared values, respect, community and teamwork.
Running through this list as a manager with each report might be a great way to structure a one-on-one, especially those deeper conversations about career progression, employee satisfaction and a person’s place within an organization.