I hope you had a successful week in better defining the vision for your team and each member individually. If you approached this correctly, you were probably required to look at each team member in a positive light, seeing their potential even if it’s not their present. Much like parenting, your children often become what you encourage and expect out of them. If you expect them to go nowhere, you might not be surprised when they do in fact, go nowhere.
The same will happen in your team, the less you expect, the less vision you have for them, the more likely it is that they will stay exactly how they are. Possibly they will decrease in their performance. When it comes to progression, you can’t stay on the fence for long. You either go forward or backward. Vision is extremely powerful. If you are struggling to find individualized vision for your team members, make time to meet with them one on one. Even for five minutes, and ask them what goals they have for themselves, their visions, and how you can help them achieve that. Do not assume that this is what happens in the annual review. While that is a topic for an entirely different conversation, suffice it to say that reviewing one’s status on a yearly basis, under the tight time constraints that usually surround the evaluation process, is fairly useless. It is an organizational ritual that produces little good effect. For vision to take flight, it needs constant attention from all parties. Period. No exception.
It will make all the difference in how they see you as a leader, and more importantly how you see them, and what you expect from them.
Have a great weekend!