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

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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