Karch Kiraly, the USA Women’s National Volleyball coach, always ends his conversations with players by asking: “How can I be better for you?”

I liked that question so much that last night I reprinted my end-of-course class evaluations to incorporate it: How could I have been better for you as a teacher? I can think of so many applications for this.

I love how the question not only invites feedback but creates an expectation that you’ll provide it. It serves as a welcoming space for someone to share comments and it models an attitude of continual improvement. Pretty powerful for seven little words.

Try incorporating the query in your conversations and meetings to create a culture where learning and feedback are natural behaviors. I’ll start: how could leadership dots be better for you? I’d love to hear your comments!

Source: Trevor Ragan’s Learner Lab newsletter

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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