Skillset New Zealand Blog

Ideas to help your team develop personally and professionally.

By Roydon Gibbs

Are you making people feel dumb?

Picture this, you have just outlined to Pete, one of your team members, a project that you want him to lead. You have full confidence in his ability to complete the task.

You say to him, ‘Pete, I want to make sure you understand what I have asked you to do. Can you please explain in your own words the project I outlined.’

Asking Pete to repeat what he has just heard sounds like a sensible thing to do. It is important that you make sure he understands what he needs to do. You will be wanting to be positive and encouraging, but you could be doing the opposite.

What would happen if you stopped work and took time to think about what you do and why you do it?

Before you answer, let me tell you an old story.