You know, sometimes people are just so amazing. I recently started work with a new client whose 360 feedback report reads like an exemplars manual for management and leadership excellence. I combed through it looking for something that she could possibly work on. There were a few communication details we can polish, maybe refine some delegation skills. It was all practical and straightforward. We spent an hour setting some goals that weren’t particularly compelling because, let’s face it, she is in good shape. In fact, she reminded me of Mary Poppins – practically perfect in every way.
I realized after we said good bye that I needed to ask her the bigger questions. Questions like:
- Are you sharing your heart the way you always wanted to?
- Are you having enough fun?
- Are you connected with the meaning that sustained you the first twenty years in your field?
- Are you making the impact you dreamed of making when you were young?
I feel better already – I hate wasting clients’ time. I’ll let you know how it goes.