Is it Time to ‘Hit Refresh’?
I opened up a magazine I subscribe to the other day and noticed it looked completely different. It was kind of exciting to see this whole new look. When I opened to the first page the lead article from the editor was entitled “Hit Refresh.” She explained that they had made all types of improvements that their readers wanted.
I would guess some of the changes might have been done to save time or costs, but we’ll go with “the changes were made to make readers happy”.
I really liked most of the change; however, there were some that I really questioned including a few things it had before that it doesn’t have now. I might wonder why they changed anything that seemed to work well the way it was. In the end, the reason a reader will continue to read a magazine is if they still find enough value in it.
Perhaps this is a good time for us (as leaders or team members) to “hit refresh”. Let’s take a look at all we do and how we do it. Let’s consider some behavior or procedural changes that might make us more effective—and even get better results. Just like readers of the magazine, if we don’t “hit refresh” now and then our team members may stop listening to us. Eventually, they may lose faith or even move on. And we don’t want to lose any of the good ones.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF OR YOUR TEAM
If you’ve just started to read my blogs, I regularly include questions or points you might want to use for your weekly team meeting or daily huddle. Maybe they need a touch of “hit refresh”:
- If I were to “hit refresh’ for my work life, what would I change?
- After making a list of any changes, mark down WHY you would make that change.
- First, think about yourself.
- Second, think about the team members you serve.
- Now think about people outside your organization, your customers, or clients
- Don’t forget to think about your any vendors you deal with
- Don’t forget to “hit refresh” in your private life, too.