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If the hat fits, wear it -Danie; Kehoe

BEFORE you implement the leadership framework (see last week’s column) or if you want to evaluate how well you currently use this framework when initiating change of any sort, it will pay you well to consider these questions. Direction and context • Do I understand what the workgroup wants from this and why? • Am I clear about the purpose? • Have I challenged the purpose? • Have I exploited enough options? • Does my workgroup understand and accept what we are trying to do and why? • Have I recognised that setting up creative processes may be much more important than creative products or services – and that one creative idea taken through to fruition will set the climate for others to flourish? • Will a competitive element help or hinder? • Have I ensured an incentive for those involved? • Do I know what the key driver is? (eg making money, improving reputation, meeting client needs, etc) Space • Am I giving enough space to my workgroup? • Do I allow them to take risks, experiment, create and innovate? • Do I let them get on with the job without perceived interference from me? • Is the workgroup’s mindset to try new things fixed or open? • Am I too directive, too supportive? Boundaries • Do I understand the boundaries? • Have I challenged them? • Have I set the boundaries for my workgroup? • Does my workgroup understand and accept the boundaries? • Do we both have the same perception of the boundaries? Support • Do I have the support that I need? • How do I gain more? • How does my workgroup feel about the level of support I give them? • How effective am I as a coach? • Do I nurture ideas? • How effectively do I listen to them? • How do I support failure? • Will breakthrough require some setting up and support? • How will people react to my reaction to their ideas? Me • Do I feel sufficiently confident and committed to try? • Will it be enough to see the idea through to delivery? • What will increase my confidence and commitment? • Am I frightened to spoil something that is already good? • Am I fearful of not performing well? • Have I thought through how to get others to feel the same conviction and commitment? • Have I assessed and resolved any underlying blockages operating within the group?

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