New Year's Resolutions - some people are absolute zealots about creating, managing, reviewing, completing and bragging about their yearly goals. The other extreme are part of the "No Resolutions Ever" gang and refused to be sucked into the hype and letdown of never achieving the goals. They would never be caught with a New Year's resolution and take pride in bragging about that on December 31st.
The rest of us fall in the middle.
You know what the middle looks like? We set a few goals that may seem a bit lofty, but achievable. We make sure they are measurable, and in our head we plot out the plan:
December 31st - eat anything I want
January 1st - do the opposite of December 31
January 10th - no really...stop eating bad and get with the program
January 31st - ok...I'm going to really start this diet on February 1st...
February 1st - ughhhh
Resolutions are great because they help us identify our intentions to change. But they’re also terrible, because they rely mostly on our willpower and we regularly fail. Studies show that only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year's Resolutions...and 92% of us fail.
If your goal had anything to do with your team, tribe, or group - I would guess that if you peel the onion back on the resolution, it all ties back to this: Improve the communication on your team.
Want to be part of the 8% in 2017? Give questions a try.
Studies show that the willingness to SHARE knowledge with co-workers (which in most large organizations is a real problem) is strongly predicted by feelings of TRUST among co-workers. So let me ask you:
Do you trust?
Are you trusted?
I wholeheartedly believe that trust can be obtained through a daily practice of asking a simple, yet sometimes fun, question with your team or group. The shared experiences from the answers create a bond and over time that bond evolves into trust. Once your team reaches that level of trust and commitment - there is no resolution you cannot achieve with them.
Need some questions to get started? Click on the link below for a great resource with over 1100 questions designed and tested on real teams just like yours.