We expect our managers to give us direction for our projects.
When you invite an employee to speak about the project, you make it known that you are someone willing to listen. That, of course, is just for starters. Savvy managers can take it a step further by employing a three-step methodology.
- Comment. Ask your employees to tell you in their own words what the project is all about.
- Contribute. Invite your employees to tell you what changes they would make to the project.
- Collaborate. Challenge them to collaborate with you. If the project is to be successful it will need to involve the contributions of everyone.
Direction is essential, but so, too, is the ability to add your own ideas in order to make the project better.