One of the really cool things that has developed over the past year with my job has been my involvement with the rabbit plant. I travel to the plant about one day every other week. When I do I perform training with the workers at the plant. My main area of emphasis is the live rabbit welfare of the rabbits during their stay at the plant. I teach them how to care for the rabbits and put the needs of the rabbit first. We want the rabbits to be as comfortable during their stay as possible. Over the last couple of months, I have also had the opportunity to work with rewriting our Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan for the rabbit plant. Through this plan, we make sure we have established guidelines that the plant employees follow to ensure that we are treating the rabbits humanely and are producing a wholesome meat product that is free from any sort of contamination.
I have gained a ton of personal fulfillment through my involvement with the plant. I love coaching, developing, and leading the team there. My desire is to do whatever I can to help them succeed and win. It is a total team effort so when any member of the team succeeds, we all succeed.
What drives me to want to be the best teacher possible? Well, several thing. For one, I love my team and care about their development as leaders, as well as humans. Secondly, I know that if they succeed, our overall mission succeeds.
One practical way I try to help set them up for success is by giving each of the team members an opportunity to give me, their teacher, direct feedback on how they feel I could do a better job of leading them. So every couple of months, I ask them this one question:
What can I start, stop, and continue doing that would help set you up for greater success?
This is an important question because it cuts out any assumptions I may have about how well I’m leading the team.
More specifically, here’s what I am asking them:
Start: What am I not currently doing that could potentially set you up for greater success?
Stop: What am I currently doing that is frustrating you or that you feel could be hindering your success as a leader?
Continue: What am I currently doing that is helping you succeed?
I’m convinced that building a strong team isn’t just about the leader developing, growing, and stretching their team. It’s also about providing the team with regular and consistent opportunities to develop, grow, and stretch their leader.
I would like to challenge you to think of some practical ways that you could get feedback from the people you lead in your lives that would help you in developing yourself as well as them. You need to make a commitment to be the best possible leader you can be and feedback is one really good way to do that.