“You’ll Manage Challenge” episodes put theory into action, providing you a clear, achievable next step to up your management game within a week.

In Episode 3 we talked about empowerment, and this week’s Challenge will help you, well, challenge your direct reports! Using a four-stage framework, you’ll be able to thoughtfully and carefully guide your team towards greater autonomy and responsibility (it’s not the deep end or nothing!).

The empowerment You’ll Manage Challenge

Your challenge is to take a clear, deliberate, calibrated step together with one of your direct reports towards greater empowerment. 

Here’s how:

  1. Identify a upcoming task or project that you plan to involve a direct report in.
  2. Locate where the direct report is in the four-stage model we discussed in the episode, in relation to this task or project.
  3. Find ways to calibrate their level of responsibility and autonomy slightly higher than the stage you’ve identified them at.
  4. Communicate these tweaks in expectations and processes clearly when briefing your direct report on the task or project.

Share your Challenge experience

Drop us an email at [email protected] to let us know how your experience completing the Challenge was. Did it change your perception of what your direct report is capable of? Did it change their self perception? How did the conversation with them go?

Even better, record a voice memo and attach it to your email, and we might feature you in a future episode of You’ll Manage!

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