Leadership Discussion Questions
Introduction  <ul><li>Companies build strong workplaces -- ones that nurture their employees' strengths and use them to dr...
<ul><li>But who determines the working conditions for your managers? Who recruits and develops them, and who focuses their...
<ul><li>Corporate leaders should consider critical human-capital matters in their leadership actions and discussions every...
questions asked will help us jump-start these discussions in our company  <ul><li>They address four broad areas of:  Leade...
When to ask this questions? <ul><li>used during  </li></ul><ul><li>leadership retreats,  </li></ul><ul><li>workshops, and ...
leadership <ul><li>What will you do in the next five years to lead your team to revenue and profit growth? How will it be ...
<ul><li>Who are the emerging leaders who could succeed you in your role some day? (Roundtable discussion) </li></ul><ul><l...
<ul><li>What are the strengths of the team that you manage? </li></ul><ul><li>How have you evolved as a leader in the last...
<ul><li>What talents or strengths do you rely on most in your daily life as a leader? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you align i...
<ul><li>What is your greatest personal satisfaction? </li></ul><ul><li>What makes you passionate about your company? About...
finance <ul><li>What should our team do with $100 million in cash? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the real incentives for your...
<ul><li>What is our company's responsibility for funding retirement plans? How much funding should we provide? </li></ul><...
strategy <ul><li>What vision do you believe our executive leadership communicates for our company? Is it a vision based on...
<ul><li>Who are your most productive employees? What makes them stay and be more productive? What is present in their emot...
<ul><li>How can we -- as individuals, teams, and as a company -- build stronger emotional bonds with our most profitable c...
<ul><li>How much should we involve our clients or customers in new product development? More than we currently do? </li></...
<ul><li>How can we -- as individuals, teams, and as a company -- build stronger emotional bonds with our most profitable c...
<ul><li>How much should we involve our clients or customers in new product development? More than we currently do? </li></...
<ul><li>How do you actively attract and recruit the best potential employees to our company? (Roundtable discussion) </li>...
<ul><li>What structure or organization needs to be in place to make this vision a reality? What are your strategic priorit...
<ul><li>What is the one thing about our company that you would like to change in the next year? What is the one thing abou...
<ul><li>How can we align the performance of products, services, systems, processes, and engaged employees? How can we stre...
<ul><li>Do you believe that people are valued and developed within our company's culture? Who are best at this? What manag...
<ul><li>Which of our products or services are your favorite, and why? Which products or services, in your opinion, have th...
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  1. 1. Leadership Discussion Questions
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Companies build strong workplaces -- ones that nurture their employees' strengths and use them to drive great outcomes -- one workgroup at a time. The more great managers your company has, the stronger it will be and the more it will grow and succeed </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>But who determines the working conditions for your managers? Who recruits and develops them, and who focuses their efforts? Your company's leaders. They determine the broad conditions under which each team operates and define and focus each team's efforts. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Corporate leaders should consider critical human-capital matters in their leadership actions and discussions every day. </li></ul>
  5. 5. questions asked will help us jump-start these discussions in our company <ul><li>They address four broad areas of: Leadership, Finance, Strategy, and Workplace </li></ul>
  6. 6. When to ask this questions? <ul><li>used during </li></ul><ul><li>leadership retreats, </li></ul><ul><li>workshops, and </li></ul><ul><li>planning sessions. </li></ul>
  7. 7. leadership <ul><li>What will you do in the next five years to lead your team to revenue and profit growth? How will it be significantly different from what you've done in the last few years? (Roundtable discussion) </li></ul><ul><li>What is your communication strategy as a leader? What are your communication beliefs? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the strengths of our company's leadership team? </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Who are the emerging leaders who could succeed you in your role some day? (Roundtable discussion) </li></ul><ul><li>If you could teach one thing about &quot;leadership that drives growth&quot; to a group of new employees, what would it be? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your values or beliefs about balancing work and home life? How do we integrate these into our corporate culture around the world? </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>What are the strengths of the team that you manage? </li></ul><ul><li>How have you evolved as a leader in the last five years? What insights have you gained about your talents and strengths? What are the greatest lessons you've learned as a leader -- lessons that spur the profitable growth of your company? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>What talents or strengths do you rely on most in your daily life as a leader? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you align individuals' expectations with your organizational or team strategy? </li></ul><ul><li>When selecting someone to join your team, what talents or qualities will you not live without? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you help people get what they want, or do you help them get what is right for them? </li></ul><ul><li>* Do you enjoy taking risks? Talk about a risk you've taken in your leadership position. How does this risk relate to the growth potential of your company? </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>What is your greatest personal satisfaction? </li></ul><ul><li>What makes you passionate about your company? About your role or work? How can you use your passion to drive corporate growth? How can your colleagues use their passion to drive growth? </li></ul>
  12. 12. finance <ul><li>What should our team do with $100 million in cash? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the real incentives for your most productive employees? How can you increase the emotional value of these incentives? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the real incentives for your most profitable customers? </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>What is our company's responsibility for funding retirement plans? How much funding should we provide? </li></ul><ul><li>* What is your definition of &quot;wealthy&quot;? Write it down, and share it with the group. </li></ul>
  14. 14. strategy <ul><li>What vision do you believe our executive leadership communicates for our company? Is it a vision based on real, sustainable growth? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are your most profitable customers? What makes them return and buy more from your company? What is present in their emotional memory that makes them feel passionate about your company? </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Who are your most productive employees? What makes them stay and be more productive? What is present in their emotional memory that propels them to even higher performance levels? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of clients or customers do we want more of, and why? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we -- as individuals, teams, and as a company -- attract more profitable customers? How can we retain our most profitable customers? </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>How can we -- as individuals, teams, and as a company -- build stronger emotional bonds with our most profitable customers? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we retain our most productive employees? How can we build stronger emotional bonds with them? </li></ul><ul><li>Now think about the future. How will our company's customers change? What will they want from us in the future that will be different from what they want today? </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>How much should we involve our clients or customers in new product development? More than we currently do? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the greatest challenges you face? What are the challenges facing your team? </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>How can we -- as individuals, teams, and as a company -- build stronger emotional bonds with our most profitable customers? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we retain our most productive employees? How can we build stronger emotional bonds with them? </li></ul><ul><li>Now think about the future. How will our company's customers change? What will they want from us in the future that will be different from what they want today? </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>How much should we involve our clients or customers in new product development? More than we currently do? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the greatest challenges you face? What are the challenges facing your team? </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>How do you actively attract and recruit the best potential employees to our company? (Roundtable discussion) </li></ul><ul><li>How do we create an ongoing recruitment process to attract and retain the most talented employees for our company's future? </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>What structure or organization needs to be in place to make this vision a reality? What are your strategic priorities for realigning resources for this company? </li></ul><ul><li>Now think about our company's competitors. Who is our competition? What are their strengths? What have been their successes? What can we learn from them? What should we do differently from them? Do we have global competitors? </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>What is the one thing about our company that you would like to change in the next year? What is the one thing about our company that you hope will never change? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do untapped opportunities lie within the organization? </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>How can we align the performance of products, services, systems, processes, and engaged employees? How can we streamline our delivery system to enhance the emotional experience for our most profitable customers? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the first words that come to your mind that describe our company's culture? Does this vary between teams? </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Do you believe that people are valued and developed within our company's culture? Who are best at this? What managers or team could do better? </li></ul><ul><li>How is our company culture evolving? Please describe the changes you see. What factors are driving this change? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you see finance, operations, human resources, and marketing working as a team to build stronger emotional bonds with customers and employees? </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Which of our products or services are your favorite, and why? Which products or services, in your opinion, have the brightest future? Which products have more potential in our country? Which have the most potential outside our country? </li></ul>

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