Why drives. It drives vision and it drives staff. Why is one of the most important questions we can ask our teams, our organizations, and ourselves. When things get tough or we start to forget the importance of what we’re doing – when we start to feel beat down by the process or pain of the work we’re trying to do – we have to remember “WHY.”
- Why did you choose that person? – Potential is useless if it’s not engaged. What was it about that person that joined the team that made them special and got everyone excited? If they’re not rocking in their groove and performing like they previously have,maybe its time to encourage them with the “why.” Having a “this is why we you are here” conversation isn’t bad, it’s a healthy conversation that refocuses us on the importance of the thing that we do best. It frames expectations and allows your person to focus on the thing they bring to the table that no one else can do…that is the WHY.
- Why did you accept this job? – No one forced you to do what you do. When we lose focus, we have to remember why we choose to do “this.” There was a time you dreamed of doing the job you get to do now. Don’t let the minutia of your work get in the way of the passion you get to bring to the table every day.
- Why do you do what you do? – It’s where the heartbeat lives. Why is more important than how. Why is like a rudder that directs and when we forget the why, we can slowly drift off course. Keeping the why out in front keeps vision out in front. There’s not a better driver than vision. Ever.