management quartz

The first two questions to ask when your team is struggling

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My second article in Quartz…

I’ve never stepped into a leadership role without it quickly becoming clear why a new leader was needed. I think it’s normal for companies to hire new leaders when there are problems that need to be addressed. So I suspect that as the congratulations die down, it’s also normal to look at the set of problems that surround you and ask, “Where do I begin?” (also normal: “What have I done?!”). I suggest instead starting with these two questions:

  • How do I create clarity?
  • How do I create capacity?

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Thanks to @beaulebens whose questions and observation inspired this thinking and to @folletto for the helpful structural feedback.