Getting the right people into the right seats is one of the highest priorities for all leaders. Jim Collins has been telling us this for years. I agree with Collins, but I like to take it one step further…
The right people, in the right seats doing the things they LOVE is my approach.
To make this happen, I use the ‘Love versus Loathe List’ and I reckon it is one of the most valuable tools ever.
What is the Love versus Loathe List?
It’s a 10-minute task that lets your team members tell you what they love and what they loathe doing in their current job.
How to start using it?
- Ask a team member to stop what they are doing and grab a blank sheet of paper
- On the sheet, divide it into two columns.
- One column has the title ‘Love’ and the other ‘Loathe’.
- Now the team member has 10-minutes to add all of the tasks of their current job on to the list. There can be no middle ground, every task is either a love or a loathe.
- When the 10-minutes is up, review the list together and talk trough why they love or loathe each task.
How to get the best results?
- If possible, remove at least one of the loathes from the team member’s list immediately.
- Make a plan to gradually allow that team member to spend more and more time on the tasks they love and less time on the tasks they loathe.
- If, for any reason, you can’t add more loves or remove more loathes, explain clearly and honestly why this is the case.
- Use the tool with as many team members as possible at least twice per year.
Regularly using this simple tool will make you a better leader. Start using it today!
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