Three goals for April:
1. Practice goal-first delegation.
When you delegate a task, the first words out of your mouth should be, "I have a job for you, but first let me share the goal of this project." That clarifies why the task matters in the larger scheme of things.
That's better than skipping the goal and diving right into the details. You may confuse employees if you dish out do-this, do-that orders without setting the proper context.
2. Apply a tool from your last training session.
Think back to the last training seminar you attended. Before it recedes into the deepest recesses of your brain, harness what you learned.
Review the printed slides or handouts from the workshop--and reread your notes. Identify one particularly relevant pointer that you gleaned from the session—and make a commitment in April to apply that tool. Then evaluate the results and modify the tool to fit your needs.
3. Seek personal updates.
An employee bragged last month about a big purchase (RV, plasma TV, etc.) or getting a new pet. Follow up. Ask, "How do you like your new??" Show that you retain what people tell you and you'll build trust and rapport.