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This is a question one of my directs recently asked of me. Having never really comtemplated the question before, I found it a bit hard to answer and quite difficult to answer directly. 

What I came up with really came down to, "make sure you're doing the right things and trust your direct to let you know if they need anything from you."

  • Perform weekly O3's and let the direct lead the conversation. Build trust. Build a good relationship. 
  • Track results. Set measurable and timely goals and track results towards those goals.

My explanation was that:

  1. if he has a good relationship witht he direct and goals are being met, then he must be providing his directs what they need
  2. if he has a good relationship witht he direct and goals are not being met then he should trust his directs to be honest when asked about what they need to achive the goals.
  3. if he doesn't have a good relationship with his directs, he is not providing them what they need. 

What thoughts to you have?