Take a moment and reflect about the each person on your team and the skills and strengths they exhibit.

Where do they excel? What do they like doing?

How can you as their manager, provide additional opportunities to excel and do the things they love to do?

I’d like you to take a piece of paper and draw three equally spaced vertical lines (or you can use the attached template – click HERE).

In the first column, write each person’s name with their title.

In the second column, list their strengths — what do they do well?

In the third column, brainstorm opportunities how to leverage their strengths.

That’s it. If you do this on a regular basis (every 3-6 months), you’ll find your team more approachable about taking on more work, higher visibility projects, and having fun at the same time.

Why? Because you are taking advantage of their strengths and interests.

What is your #1 strength or interest? How do you leverage it every day?